press upon

(motion) + (white) Same-ON
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8 strokes

Onyomi

HAKU

Mnemonic

I move towards the white guy and press on him. It is not my fault - I have a fetish!!

Kunyomi

( を or に ) せま*る two meanings:

1) xxx を 迫る :To put pressure on someone to do XXX; to threaten to do xxx to someone.

2)  に 迫る: NI is trickier - it has two uses.

2a) YYY に 迫る = approaching YYY. (Near-CD quality, nigh-invulnerable, etc)

2b ZZZ に 迫る = to threaten Mr. or Mrs. ZZZ.

In other words, を迫る refers to WHAT you're threatening to do, and に迫る refers to WHO you are threatening. OK? KANA
★★★☆☆

Jukugo

圧迫(あっぱく)

pressure ★★☆☆☆
(pressure) + (press upon) = 圧迫 (pressure)

pressure (圧迫な = overpowering)

迫害(はくがい)

persecution ★☆☆☆☆
(press upon) + (damage) = 迫害 (persecution)

persecution of a minority group (political word)

Synonyms

intimidate, threaten
脅す    脅かす    脅迫    恐喝   
oppress
虐待    迫害    虐げる   
pressure, accelerate
促す    促進    催促    奨励    勇気づける    迫る