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HAKU

sema(ru)

meaning: press, draw near

迫害 ==  hakugai == (noun that can take する to act as a verb) persecution
切迫 == seppaku == (noun) pressure, urgency, tension, imminence, acuteness




Left/outer radical is 'movement'. Right radical is 'white' (白), acting phonetically to express 'draw near'. In compounds this character often means 'imminent/pressing/compelling'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Pressing movement turns one white.'

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

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