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BOU, BAKU
aba(reru), aba(ku)
meaning: violence, expose

暴力 == bouryoku == violence
暴れ者 == abaremono == roughneck 


Top radical is 'sun' (日). The bottom portion was originally a pictograph of hands holding up/exposing a sheaf of rice to dry it. The origin of this character's 'violence' meaning is speculative. Henshall suggests taking the bottom portion as 'together' (共), and an 'insufficient' variant of 'water' (水), and as a mnemonic: 'Exposed to violent sun together with insufficient water.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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