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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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En su version de la obra de Oscar Wilde, Salome, Yoshi Oida interpretaba a un soldado que se da muerte, a la manera del tradicional sepuku, por el amor de la fatidica dama.
Yukio Mishima, de nacimiento Kimitake Hiraoka, nacio el 14 de enero de 1925 y se quito la vida el 25 de noviembre de 1970 en el cuartel general Jietai donde llevo a cabo el sepuku segun la antigua tradici6n de los samurai.