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hara–kiri

noun \ˌha-ri-ˈkir-ē, -ˈka-rē\

Definition of hara–kiri

  1. 1 :  ritual suicide by disembowelment practiced by the Japanese samurai or formerly decreed by a court in lieu of the death penalty

  2. 2 :  suicide 1b



Variants of hara–kiri

also hari–kari \ˌha-ri-ˈkir-ē, -ˈka-rē\

Origin of hara–kiri

Japanese harakiri, from hara belly + kiri cutting


First Known Use: 1840

Rhymes with hara–kiri


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