Meaning

Primary

To Tear

Alternative

To Rip Up

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means split, but if you split something, you are going to tear it or to rip up it.

Reading

さく
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

In order to get it open, you need to tear and rip up a sack (さく). Sacks don't have tabs or zippers or any of those fancy things. If you want to get at the stuff in a sack you have to tear the top right off!

Context

Context Sentences

私は彼女の才能を妬んでおり、彼女が絵画コンクールに向けて絵を描いていたキャンバスを切り裂きました。

I was jealous of her talent, so I tore the canvas she was painting for an art competition to pieces.

Kanji Composition