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seppuku Line breaks: sep|puku
Pronunciation: /sɛˈpuːkuː/

Definition of seppuku in English:


Another term for hara-kiri.
Example sentences
  • The transference of that vision, as Algren helps the defeated Katsumoto perform an impromptu seppuku on the field of battle, defines the real last samurai.
  • Getting the the Imperial palace flattened would have been a great disgrace probably requiring seppuku of the Japanese leaders concerned.
  • Blasted out by artillery, on 24 September Saig was wounded in a last sortie and committed seppuku assisted by a faithful follower, who then killed himself.


Japanese, from setsu 'to cut' + fuku 'abdomen'.

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