seppuku

noun
sep·​pu·​ku | \ se-ˈpü-(ˌ)kü How to pronounce seppuku (audio) , ˈse-pə-ˌkü\

Definition of seppuku

: hara-kiri sense 1 Mishima went back into the building, knelt on the floor and disemboweled himself with a samurai dagger in the ancient rite of seppuku.— Tracy Dahlby Seppuku remains a favorite theme in dramas and movies but has virtually disappeared from real life.— Edwin O. Reischauer

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Yet the past week has shown that Trump is, in fact, serious about trying to commit superpower seppuku. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Trump-Putin meeting reveals how Trump is killing American power.," 16 July 2018 Westworld was still able to get away wit broad clichés, like the defeated samurai committing seppuku and the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Fuji, because the idea is that this whole plotline was cooked up by Lee Sizemore, hack supreme. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Westworld: From Cradle to Grave," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of seppuku

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seppuku

Japanese

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