xīn hard; hot (food); suffering

Similar looking characters : xìng (fortunate)
Made with 7 strokes.
Ancient picture of a chisel used to mark slaves and hence 'hard' and 'suffering'. Looks like a person upside-down

Sounds same

xīn (new) xīn (heart) xīn (heart)

Different tone

xìn (letter)


Index 160 used in: (spicy)

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stroke order for 辛
Stroke order for character 辛, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license