To Break Off Contact


To Sever, To End

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb


The kanji means extinction or die out, but the verb version here means to break off contact, to sever, or to end. Just think about how when you’re breaking off contact with somebody, you’re essentially making them go extinct or die out from your life completely. It’s such a complete severance, they basically stop existing to you.


  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)


Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn that reading with this kanji, so here's a mnemonic to help you:

In terms of things you need to sever, tacos () are #1 on your list. No more tacos for you, going to cut those off from my diet.


Context Sentences


Please teach me about how to break up with my lover.


In order to secure a responsible position in the international community, it is not desirable for us to break off diplomatic relations with other countries.


Three years ago, when just the two of us went out drinking, my best friend suddenly got up and just walked out of the bar, leaving his smartphone and wallet behind. And then I never heard from him ever again.


Some people try to end their own lives because they feel they are of no use to anyone, but just by registering with the bone marrow bank and donating blood every day, you can help a lot of people.

Kanji Composition