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hara-kiri Line breaks: hara-kiri
Pronunciation: /ˌharəˈkɪri/

Definition of hara-kiri in English:


[mass noun]
Ritual suicide by disembowelment with a sword, formerly practised in Japan by samurai as an honourable alternative to disgrace or execution.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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