hara-kiri

noun
\ˌher-i-ˈkir-ē, ˌha-ri-, -ˈker-ē, -ˈka-rē\
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Definition of hara-kiri 

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

First Known Use of hara-kiri

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hara-kiri

Japanese harakiri, from hara belly + kiri cutting

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