As we saw last week, 刺 (SHI, sa(su), sa(saru), sa(shi), sashi, toge: to stab, pierce, prick, sting; thorn; business card) primarily means “to stab,” so it plays a role in many brutal words. Examining this kanji, you can quickly have your fill of stabbings, puncture wounds, and the like:
刺し傷 (sashikizu: a stab; puncture wound) to stab + wound
刺し通す (sashitōsu: to stab, pierce, run (a sword) through)
stabbing + to run through
This uses the same kanji as a term we saw last time: 刺を通じる (shi o tsūjiru: to present one’s business card, business card + to transmit). But the meanings couldn’t be more different!
止めを刺す (todome o sasu: to put an end to; finish by a stab in the neck) finishing blow + to stab
You might think gory stabbings tend to happen in a dark underworld that you’ll never enter. If only that were true. A closer look at 刺 words reveals that humans and animals constantly stab each other. It’s the law of the jungle.
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