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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ritual suicide by disembowelment formerly practiced by Japanese samurai. Also called hara-kiri.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of ritual suicide by disembowelment using a blade, practiced by Japanese samurai, especially to rid oneself of shame, as a means of protest or, formerly, as a method of capital punishment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as hara-kiri.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as hara-kiri.

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

Etymologies

Japanese : setsu, to cut (from Middle Chinese tshet) + fuku, stomach, abdomen (from Middle Chinese fuwk).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 切腹, せっぷく (seppuku). (Wiktionary)

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