Hara-kiri meaning

härē-kärē, hărē-kărē
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The definition of hara-kiri is a method of suicide by falling on a sword.

An example of hara-kiri is a Japanese military man killing himself by falling stomach forward into his own sword to avoid execution.

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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.
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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.
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Suicide or any suicidal action.
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(by extension, figuratively) An act against one's own interests.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of hara-kiri - hari-kari, harakiri

Origin of hara-kiri

  • Japanese harakiri hara abdomen, bowels kiri to cut

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese 腹切り (はらきり (harakiri)). From (“belly”) (はら (hara)) + 切る (“cut”) (きる (kiru)).

    From Wiktionary