Readings & Meanings:
to commit,violate, an offense
They finally caught the perpetrator in the serial murder case.
I'm preparing the crime-prevention measures.
The person who did the deed must take responsibility for it.
That high school student was raped by her homeroom teacher and committed suicide.
This is so weird.
We have here an Inu radical, or Kemono-hen, on the left. That unsteady-looking bit on the left is actually 犬, the kanji for dog. Think of it as a pictograph of a dog on its hind legs.
On the right, we have an enclosure that has been broken. A dog out of its cage. An escaped prisoner. A criminal.
Great. Except that the kanji for cat is 猫.
Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!
犬 can also generalize and signify a general beast. But still, it's funny to think that the Japanese kanji for cat contains a dog.