The Radical: 敬


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respect, honor, esteem    敬

Explanation

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 2Joyo 6
respect, honor, esteem
uyamau, KEI
Left: any, at all 苟 (plant , sentence, phrase [= sth. wrapped out the mouth ]), right: strike/hit (hand with stick )
A plant speaking a sentence can strike with respect.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
warn, police, guard, admonish
KEI
Top: respect (A plant speaking a sentence can strike with respect.) [sentence = wrapped in the mouth ], below: word
With respectful words the police is warning.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
surprise, amazement
odoroku/kasu, KYŌ
Top: respect (A plant speaking a sentence [=wrapped in the mouth ] can strike with respect.), below: horse
(This policeman was constantly ignored because he was very small, but:) He was respected when he got on the horse and was surprised about it.

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