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

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meaning: spy, investigate

内偵 == naitei == (noun) secret investigation, private enquiry, reconnaissance, scouting
探偵小説 == tanteishousetsu == (noun) detective story




Left radical is 'person' (人). Right radical is 'chastity' (貞), used here in its original sense of 'divination'. The idea of a 'person who practices divination' broadened into meanings of 'investigator' and 'spy'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Spy on person's chastity.'

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

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