Seppuku meaning

sĕp'o͝o-ko͝o, sĕ-po͝o'-
A form of ritual suicide by disembowelment using a blade, practiced by Japanese samurai, especially to rid oneself of shame, as a means of protest or, formerly, as a method of capital punishment.
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Ritual suicide by disembowelment formerly practiced by Japanese samurai.
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Origin of seppuku

  • 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 )
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Japanese 切腹, せっぷく (seppuku), from Middle Chinese 切 (tÍ¡set "to cut") + è…¹ (pjuwk "belly") (compare Cantonese tsit-fuk 切腹, Mandarin qiÄ“fù 切腹).
    From Wiktionary