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SEI

chika(u)

meaning:  pledge, vow, oath

祈誓== kisei == (noun) vow, oath, pledge
宣誓 ==  sensei == (noun) oath, abjurgation




Bottom radical is 'word' (言). Top radical is 'bend/break' (折), which here acts phonetically to express 'cut/sever'. This character apparently originally indicated the practice of cutting a piece of wood in two: the pieces would be rejoined to symbolize the fulfillment of an oath. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Broken word is actually a pledge.'

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

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