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Aku, Soku, Zan
evil/bad, immediate/prompt, slash/decapitate or basically kill evil immediately; code the Hitokiri Battousai and Shinsen Gumi followed in the Bakumatsu.

Bakumatsu
the civil war signaling the end of the Tokugawa Era

Bakufu
the shogunate of the Edo Period

Battousai
devoted to unsheathing katana; name given to Kenshin and Shishio in the Bakumatsu, the best killers of the time.

bokken
wooden sword; used more frequently when swords were outlawed by the government in Japan.

-dono
honorific attachment

gozaru
a politer usage of "desu" (is, to be, etc.) For example: Watashi wa rurouni degozaru (I am a rurouni.)

hitokiri
killer of men; name given to those who had slain and took the lives of many.

Jinchuu
punishment from man; term Enishi used to describe the punishment he will serve Kenshin. If God cannot punish, then man will take it into his own hands. Created from the word 'Tenchuu', punishment from God.

jutsu
technique; a type of special attack.

katana
slightly curved Japanese sword used mainly by samurai

kenki
warrior spirit; the aura given off by warriors in battle, showing how fierce and powerful they are.

kenjutsu
sword technique

kimono
formal Japanese attire

Kuni Tori
country robbery; Shishio's plan to overthrow the Meiji Government to take Japan for himself.

Okashira
boss; what Aoshi is called by Oniwa Banshu members.

oro
eh?, huh?, what?; exclamation expressing confusion or surprise. Used frequently by Kenshin.

ougi
succession technique; hidden technique

rurouni
wandering samurai; one who travels from place to place with only his sword and little money. (Not a real word. It was created by Nobuhiro Watsuki and is based off the word 'ronin', a masterless samurai.)

shinai
bamboo stick; used mainly by in-training students of certain arts/styles. It can shatter easily if used to strike hard. Also referred to as a Kendo stick and Singapore cane.