Meaning of 撕

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English Definition: to tear
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 15; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (hand) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ shǒu ] hand
    • [ ] this, thus, such; emphatic particle; used in transliterations
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Example Words
撕扯 chě to tear apart
撕毁 huǐ to tear up; to rip up; too shred
撕破脸 liǎn to have an acrimonious falling-out; to shed all pretense of cordiality; to tear into each other
撕票 piào lit. to tear the ticket; to kill a hostage (usually held for ransom)
撕心裂肺 xīn liè fèi extreme grief (idiom)
More: 撕* | *撕 | *撕*
Example Sentences
She ripped a piece of cloth in two.
These leaves are already dry, but I forcibly tore off one.
He saw that the letter came from me and decided not to read it, he just tore it up.