Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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KAI

kowa(reru), kowa(su)
meaning: break, destroy, ruin

崩壊 == houkaii == (noun which can act as a verb using する) collapse, decay (physics), crumbling, breaking down, caving in
壊滅 == kaimetsu == (noun which can act as a verb using する) estruction, annihilation


Left radical is 'earth'(土), here meaning 'earthen rampart'. Right radical is a character only found in Chinese meaning 'warp/conceal/carry in sleeve', which acts phonetically to express 'destroy'. The bottom portion of the right radical is 'clothing' (衣). Henshall suggests taking the top portion as a 'ten' (十), 'four' (四), and as a mnemonic: 'Ruin clothes destroying fourteen earthen walls.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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