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[hahr-uh-keer-ee, har-uh-, har-ee-] /ˈhɑr əˈkɪər i, ˈhær ə-, ˈhær i-/

Also called seppuku. ceremonial suicide by ripping open the abdomen with a dagger or knife: formerly practiced in Japan by members of the warrior class when disgraced or sentenced to death.
suicide or any suicidal action; a self-destructive act:
political hara-kiri.
(formerly, in Japan) ritual suicide by disembowelment with a sword when disgraced or under sentence of death Also called seppuku

“suicide by disembowelment,” 1856, from Japanese, literally “belly-cutting,” the colloquial word for what is formally called seppuku “cut open the stomach;” from hara “belly” + kiri “to cut.”
hara-kiri [(har-i-keer-ee, hahr-uh-keer-ee)]

A ritual of suicide, associated with warriors in traditional Japanese society.


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