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Ritual suicide by disembowelment formerly practiced by Japanese samurai. Also called hara-kiri.
[Japanese : setsu, to cut (from Middle Chinese tshiat; also the source of Mandarin qiè) + fuku, stomach, abdomen (from Middle Chinese fuwk; also the source of Mandarin fù).]
(Anthropology & Ethnology) another word for hara-kiri
[from Japanese, from Chinese ch'ieh to cut + fu bowels]
ha•ra-ki•ri(ˈhɑr əˈkɪər i, ˈhær ə-, ˈhær i-)
1. 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.
2. any suicidal action; a self-destructive act: political hara-kiri.
[1855–60; < Japanese, =hara belly + kiri cut]
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|Noun||1.||seppuku - ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society|
self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"