Adjective "harakiri" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Ritual suicide by disembowelment with a sword, formerly practised in Japan by samurai as an honourable alternative to disgrace or execution.
  1. 'This man, a superior samurai named Yogo Zenemon, has been ordered by the lord, for his own reasons, to commit hara-kiri, or ritualistic suicide by disembowelment.'
  2. 'After earnest consideration, the ronin were ordered to commit hara-kiri.'
  3. 'He was recovering his health after a hara-kiri attempt.'
  4. 'He even pledged he would commit hara-kiri if he could not offer evidence of this five days before polling day.'
  5. 'I had in my mind the spectacle of Okinawa island, where many thousands of Japanese, rather than surrender, had drawn up in line and destroyed themselves by hand-grenades after their leaders had solemnly performed the rite of hara-kiri.'
  6. 'The Japanese commander, Saito, committed hara-kiri and left his troops without leadership.'
  7. 'He would probably have been compelled to commit punk hara-kiri by impaling himself on a winklepicker.'
  8. 'But hopefully with my advice you won't be reduced to returning home in a depressed state and committing hara-kiri in your bathtub.'
  9. 'Alejandro Ferretis plays a middle-aged painter who has retired to a secluded and primitive village to commit suicide (this hara-kiri is perhaps a key to the enigmatic title).'
  10. 'Nagase said he had also hoped to meet an elderly female resident in the area who had reportedly said her wartime lover, a Japanese soldier, had committed hara-kiri there.'

More definitions

1. Also called seppuku. ceremonial suicide by ripping open the abdomen with a dagger or knife: formerly practiced in Japan by members of the warrior class when disgraced or sentenced to death.

2. suicide or any suicidal action; a self-destructive act: political hara-kiri.

More examples(as adjective)

"courses can be harakiri."


(hara-kiri)Mid 19th century: colloquial Japanese, from hara ‘belly’ + kiri ‘cutting’.