Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of hara-kiri.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ritual form of suicide, by slashing the abdomen, formerly practiced in Japan, and commanded by the government in the cases of disgraced officials; disembowelment; -- also written, but incorrectly, hari-kari.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Suicide by disembowelment, formerly practised in Japan by daimios and members of the military class when unwilling to survive some personal or family disgrace, or in order to avoid the headsman's sword after having received sentence of death.
  • n. Hence, suicide; self-destruction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society
  • n. ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society

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Examples

  • They had a feast and the authority for this is the cook -- I forget his name; it's probably here in a footnote -- and they dressed in their ceremonial robes and they had the word "harakiri" -- it means "stomach cutting" -- and they had the ceremonial knife ...

    Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II

  • [12] I have here used the expression "harakiri," because so commonly understood among English -- speaking readers.

    From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life

  • The most famous form of seppuku is also known as "harakiri" … in Japanese, the more formal seppuku is typically used in writing, while harakiri is used in speech.

    Arrowhead Pride

  • I was a staunch supporter of Obama but now I have to wonder how someone who proclaims that Israel's security is sacrosanct tries to force Israel to commit "harakiri".

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • As it has been said, the Baboon is certainly someone to talk about honor and harakiri; he should have followed his own advice long ago.

    Think Progress » Glenn Beck: ‘There aren’t enough knives’ for ‘dishonored’ climate scientists to kill themselves.

  • Somewhat reminiscent of Vernor Vinge's novella "The Cookie Monster", this particularly steamy slice of corporate Gormenghast for the economy-plagued America provides plenty of emotional harakiri and gut-spilling visual thrills ... it crawls around the astonished reader like a misshapen beetle (complete with the grotesque patterns on its carapace and clockwork-sounding clicks).

    The Surreal Office

  • She was acting friendly enough now, chattering away like they were in college, but there she was, on the verge of harakiri with an American.

    For the Sake of the Boy

  • But if Mr. Obama won't go along, there's no reason Republicans should help him dodge the political consequences by committing debt-limit harakiri.

    Debt-Limit Harakiri

  • So, let's start planning for Panel III in 5-6 years to fix the national space-harakiri we're witnessing. me

    Augustine Round 1 - NASA Watch

  • If I was a samurai in feudal Japan, I would have to harakiri myself out of dishonor and shame.

    Wajahat Ali: Fighting Wells Fargo and Foreclosure

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