härəkirē, harəkirē; popularly, herēkerē
Ritual suicide by cutting the abdomen: it is called seppuku by the Japanese, and was practiced by high-ranking Japanese of the military class in lieu of execution or to avoid disgrace.
Webster's New World
Ceremonial suicide by disembowelment, as by slicing open the abdomen with a dagger or knife: formerly practised in Japan by the Samurai when disgraced or sentenced to death.
Suicide or any suicidal action.
(by extension, figuratively) An act against one's own interests.
Origin of Hara-kiri
From Japanese 腹切り (はらきり (harakiri)). From 腹 (“belly”) (はら (hara)) + 切る (“cut”) (きる (kiru)).
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