harakiri definition

  • noun:
    • alternate spelling of hara-kiri.
    • A ritual as a type of committing suicide, by slashing the stomach, previously practiced in Japan, and commanded because of the federal government into the cases of disgraced officials; disembowelment; -- also written, but wrongly, hari-kari.
    • Suicide by disembowelment, formerly practised in Japan by daimios and members of the armed forces course whenever reluctant to endure some personal or family disgrace, or in purchase to avoid the headsman's blade after having obtained phrase of death.
    • thus, suicide; self-destruction.
    • ritual committing suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai into the traditional Japanese culture
    • ritual committing suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai within the standard Japanese society

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