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


meaning: conquer, overcome

克己 == kokki == (noun) self-denial, self-control
克明 == kokumei == (noun, adjective that takes な) detailed, elaborate, faithfulness, diligence, conscientiousness


'Somewhat obscure' etymology. The bottom element is 'bending person'. The top element is 'old' (古), used here in its original meaning of 'skull-like mask'. This character apparently once depicted a person bending under the weight of a huge ceremonial mask. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Overcome bent old person.'

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

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