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激烈 means fierce in Chinese, and has a similar meaning in Japanese Kanji.
This can also be translated as intense, violent, vehement, furious, or fervent. 激烈 is more the violent version of fierce in Korean.
This Chinese word means ardent; intense; fierce; stern; upright; to give one's life for a noble cause.
In another context, this character can refer to one's exploits or achievements.
In Buddhist context, this is burning, fierce, virtuous and/or heroic.
While technically, it had the same meaning in Japanese, it's usually a female given name, Retsu in Japanese these days.
猛虎 means "fierce tiger" or "ferocious tiger" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
武 is the essence or spirit of a warrior. 武 is part of the word "wu shu" which is sometimes translated as "martial arts" or "kung fu".
In more modern speech and other context, this can mean military, martial, warlike, fierce, and perhaps violent but usually as a prefix for a longer word or phrase.
風林火山 is the battle strategy and proverb of Japanese feudal lord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573 A.D.).
This came from the Art of War by Chinese strategist and tactician Sun Tzu (Sunzi).
You can think of this as a sort of abbreviation to remind officers and troops how to conduct battle.
風林火山 is literally a word list: Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain.
The more expanded meaning is supposed to be...
"Swift as the wind, quiet as the forest, fierce as fire, and immovable as a mountain"
"As fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain"
"Move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as a forest, attack as fierce as fire, undefeatable defense like a mountain"
"Move swiftly like the wind, stay silent like the forest, attack fiercely like fire, take tactical position on the mountain"
See Also: Art of War
貞烈 is the Japanese Kanji for, "Extreme Faithfulness".
The first Kanji means "firm adherence to one's principles", chastity (of a woman), chaste, etc.
The second Kanji means ardent, intense, fierce, stern, upright, to give one's life for a noble cause, exploits, achievements, virtuous, and in some contexts, heroic.
Now you get the idea why this refers to someone who is extremely faithful (to a cause, themselves, their religious beliefs, or their philosophy.
鬼 can mean ghost, ogre, demon, or "spirit of a deceased person", in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
In some context, it can also mean sly, crafty, ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.)
This can also be the "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions in Chinese folklore).
An extended list of meanings includes: departed; dead; a disembodied spirit; dead person; evil being; hungry ghost.
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|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Fierce||激烈||geki retsu / gekiretsu||jī liè / ji1 lie4 / ji lie / jilie||chi lieh / chilieh|
|Fierce||荒荒しい||ara ara shii / ararashi|
araarashii / ararashi
ara ara shi / ararashi
araarashi / ararashi
|烈||retsu||liè / lie4 / lie||lieh|
|Fierce Tiger||猛虎||mou ko / mouko / mo ko / moko||měng hǔ / meng3 hu3 / meng hu / menghu|
|獰猛||dou mou / doumou / do mo / domo|
|Swift Fierce and Daring||剽悍||hyoukan / hyokan||piāo hàn / piao1 han4 / piao han / piaohan||p`iao han / piaohan / piao han|
|武||bu||wǔ / wu3 / wu|
|fuu rin ka zan|
fu rin ka zan
|fēng lín huǒ shān|
feng1 lin2 huo3 shan1
feng lin huo shan
|The Way of the Dragon||猛龍過江|
|měng lóng guò jiāng|
meng3 long2 guo4 jiang1
meng long guo jiang
|meng lung kuo chiang
|Extreme Faithfulness||貞烈||tei retsu / teiretsu|
|Ghost Demon||鬼||oni||guǐ / gui3 / gui||kuei|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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