American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Japanese pilot trained in World War II to make a suicidal crash attack, especially upon a ship.
- n. An airplane loaded with explosives to be piloted in a suicide attack.
- n. Slang An extremely reckless person who seems to court death.
- adj. Of or relating to a suicidal air attack: a kamikaze mission.
- adj. Slang So reckless in behavior or actions as to be suicidal: kamikaze hot rodders.
- n. An attack requiring the suicide of the one carrying it out, especially when done with an aircraft.
- n. One who makes an attack requiring his suicide, especially when done with an aircraft.
- n. a fighter plane used for suicide missions by Japanese pilots in World War II
- n. a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash
- From Japanese 神風 (かみかぜ (kamikaze, "divine wind")). (Wiktionary)
- Japanese, divine wind (from the legendary name of a typhoon that in 1281 saved Japan by destroying the Mongol navy) : kami, divine + kaze, wind. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When Japan was in equally desperate straits in 1944, using the word kamikaze for the suicide pilots was not for nothing.”
“This is the origin of the term "kamikaze," divine wind.”
“The reason I ask is that kamikaze is Japanese for “Divine Wind”, and it would just be too funny if he chose to call himself William “kamikaze” Dembski.”
“Don't forget where the term 'kamikaze' originated.”
“Rashness, unbelievable and incomprehensible rashness, to use the word "kamikaze" to describe the "technology" of allied aviation.”
“The group announced "Operation Divine Wind", which translates to the Japanese word kamikaze, the name given to World War II pilots sent on suicide missions.”
“The Republicans are on a longterm kamikaze mission," Del.”
“It tells the stories of seven young men who were compelled to become kamikaze pilots – essentially airborne suicide bombers, flying into Allied warships (the Wikipedia entry on kamikaze is here) – by the Japanese military.”
“I had always understood (as the etymologies in dictionaries told me) that the word kamikaze means 'divine wind' in Japanese, originally referred to the storms that hit the Mongol fleet in 1281 and saved Japan from invasion, and was later used to refer to Japanese suicide pilots during World War Two (the only sense in English).”
“He had choice words for banks and for Tea Partiers, whom he called "kamikaze zealots.”
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