Definition of hara-kiri in English:

hara-kiri

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Pronunciation: /ˌharəˈkɪri
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Ritual suicide by disembowelment with a sword, formerly practised in Japan by samurai as an honourable alternative to disgrace or execution.
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    • Alejandro Ferretis plays a middle-aged painter who has retired to a secluded and primitive village to commit suicide (this hara-kiri is perhaps a key to the enigmatic title).
    • This man, a superior samurai named Yogo Zenemon, has been ordered by the lord, for his own reasons, to commit hara-kiri, or ritualistic suicide by disembowelment.
    • The day after the surrender, he committed hara-kiri or suicide.

Origin

mid 19th century: colloquial Japanese, from hara 'belly' + kiri 'cutting'.

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