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Video footage: General MacArthur's men advance in the Pacific; many Japanese soldiers are seen to have committed suicide (hara-kiri) rather than be taken or killed by the Americans in 1944. (1940s)
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Definition of the noun hara-kiri

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

Alternative definition of the noun hara-kiri


  1. Ceremonial suicide by ripping open the abdomen with a dagger or knife: formerly practised in Japan by members of the warrior class when disgraced or sentenced to death.
  2. Suicide or any suicidal action.
  3. [by extension, figuratively] An act against one's own interests.


"Hara-Kiri" is a musical album of Marousse.

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Hara-Kiri was a monthly French satirical magazine, first published in 1960. It was created by Georges Bernier, Cavanna and Fred Aristidès. A weekly counterpart, Hara-Kiri Hebdo, was first published in 1969.

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Google previewJapan at War: An Encyclopedia (2013)

An Encyclopedia by Louis G. Perez

Hara-kiri (Seppuku) Hara-kiri or seppuku ...

Google previewRajpal Dictionary Of English Idioms & Phrases (2010)

by Shori, A K

so seriously because it is better to be happy-go-lucky and face life as it comes Hara-kiri: A Japanese method of committing suicide by cutting one's stomach open * Hara- kiri was traditionally regarded in Japan as an honourable way to avoid ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2006)

by Elizabeth Knowles

hara-kiri ritual suicide by disembowelment with a sword, formerly practised in Japan by samurai as an honourable ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

hara-kiri. informal spend time relaxing or enjoying yourself. hang up end a telephone conversation by cutting the...

hara-kiri /ha-ruh-ki-ri/ n .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Humor Studies (2014)

by Salvatore Attardo

Hara-Kiri Hara Kiri was a notorious ...

Google previewOxford English Mini Dictionary (2013)

by Charlotte Buxton

hara-kiri n. (formerly, in Japan) ritual suicide by cutting open the stomach with a sword. harangue v. criticize aggressively. harass v. 1 subject to constant pressure or interference. 2 attack an enemy repeatedly. harassment n. Spell harass with ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information by Hugh Chrisholm

Hara-kiri has been often translated as “ the happy dispatch ” in confusion with a native euphemism for the act. More usually the Japanese themselves speak of hara-kiri by its Chinese synonym, SepPuku. Hara-kiri is not an aboriginal Japanese ...

Google previewDictionary of Sociology (2012)

by Tony Lawson, Joan Garrod

hara-kiri: ritual disemboweling as a form of suicide among Japanese. It is often referred to as a ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Movies (1995)

by Bill Palmer, Karen Palmer, Ric Meyers

Hara-Kiri (I962). (Seppuku). Pro.Co: Shochiku; Dir: Masaki Kobayashi; Pro: Tatsuo Hosoya; S.P.: Shinobu Hashimoto; Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentaro Mikuni, Tetsuro Tamba, Akira Ishihama. Masao Mishima (Tango), Shima Iwashita (Mike), ...

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Hara-kiri Meaning

Video shows what hara-kiri means. Ceremonial suicide by disembowelment, as by slicing open the abdomen with a dagger or knife: formerly practised in Japan ...

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