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sep·pu·ku

 (sĕp′o͞o-ko͞o, sĕ-po͞o′-)
n.
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 ).]

seppuku

(sɛˈpuːkuː)
n
(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-)

also hari-kari



n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
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He refused to believe the war had finished after being told by his commanding officer to carry on guerilla warfare, never to surrender and not to commit suicide, or Hari Kiri.
At any rate, that's the straw I've been clutching at in the aftermath of our week of defensive hari kiri.
Personally, I'd have committed Hari Kiri with the screwdriver that he didn't ever get round to using if I'd had to live with him.