Kamikaze meaning

kämĭ-käzē
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Of or pertaining to a suicide attack by a Japanese airplane pilot in WWII.
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(informal) Very reckless, suicidal, etc.
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The pilot or airplane in a kamikaze attack.
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(informal) A person who acts recklessly.
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A Japanese pilot trained in World War II to make a suicidal crash attack, especially upon a ship.
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An airplane loaded with explosives to be piloted in a suicide attack.
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(slang) An extremely reckless person who seems to court death.
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Of or relating to a suicidal air attack.

A kamikaze mission.

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(slang) So reckless in behavior or actions as to be suicidal.

Kamikaze hot rodders.

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An attack requiring the suicide of the one carrying it out, especially when done with an aircraft.
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One who makes an attack requiring his suicide, especially when done with an aircraft.
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Origin of kamikaze

  • Japanese divine wind (from the legendary name of a typhoon that in 1281 saved Japan by destroying the Mongol navy) kami divine kaze wind

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

  • From Japanese 神風 (かみかぜ (kamikaze, “divine wind”)).

    From Wiktionary