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ha·ra-ki·ri(hăr′ĭ-kîr′ē, hä′rē-) also ha·ri-ka·ri (här′ē-kär′ē, hăr′ē-kăr′ē)
n. pl. ha·ra-ki·ris also ha·ri-ka·ris
[Japanese harakiri : hara, abdomen, bowels + kiri, to cut.]
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) (formerly, in Japan) ritual suicide by disembowelment with a sword when disgraced or under sentence of death. Also called: seppuku
[C19: from Japanese taboo slang, from hara belly + kiri cutting]
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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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A Japanese term meaning belly cut, used for the practice of ritual suicide by disembowelment.
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|Noun||1.||hara-kiri - ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society|
self-annihilation, self-destruction - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"
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noun ritual suicide, suicide, seppuku The entire organisation will be compelled to commit hara-kiri.
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hara-kiri[ˈhærəˈkɪrɪ] N → haraquiri m
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n → Harakiri nt
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