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

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KOKU


meaning: severe, intense, cruel, harsh

冷酷 == reikoku == (noun, adjective that takes な) cruelty, coldheartedness, relentless, ruthless
酷い == hidoi == (adjective) cruel, awful, severe, very bad, serious, terrible, heavy, violent


Left radical is 'wine jar/alcohol'. Right radical is 'proclaim' (告), which acts phonetically to express 'strong'. This character originally meant 'strong alcohol', leading to more general meanings of 'harsh', 'intense', etc. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Cruel proclamation about alcohol.'

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

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