Adjective "kamikaze" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(in the Second World War) a Japanese aircraft loaded with explosives and making a deliberate suicidal crash on an enemy target.
  1. 'For example, a night fight against kamikazes during battle for Okinawa, with antiaircraft shells and tracers and exploding airplanes lighting up the sky, is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen on film.'
  2. 'Iwo Jima helped teach us how to deal with kamikazes.'
  3. 'One point Hanson alludes to is the real difference between the Japanese kamikaze as a tactical weapon of terror and the fanatical suicide zealot as a terrorist.'
  4. 'In all subsequent amphibious campaigns - Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa - the carriers battled land-based Japanese kamikazes, striking their airfields and other strategic targets.'
  5. 'These attacks continued to the end of the war, and while modern conventional air defenses inflicted heavy casualties, enough kamikazes got through to their targets to inflict serious losses on US naval ships and personnel.'
  6. 'The Homeland Defence Force had the potential to run into many thousands in the area and the kamikazes had shown the Allies that the Japanese were quite willing to die for the emperor and Japan.'
  7. 'The Pacific fighting had taken a new and terrible turn and the kamikazes were a totally alien idea to American culture, a fact that surrounded the suicide planes with even more horror.'


Relating to or denoting a kamikaze attack or pilot.
  1. 'Suicidal attacks by undisguised military forces, exemplified by Japanese kamikaze attacks during World War II, are not a violation of the laws of war.'
  2. 'However, the destruction of so many kamikaze flights did a great deal to undermine the potential for damage that the kamikazes could have inflicted.'
  3. 'At Okinawa in 1945, out of 193 kamikaze attacks, 169 planes were destroyed.'
  4. 'The kamikaze attacks were a demonstration of spiritual courage and determination.'
  5. 'They came at him from every direction, not moving with their usual shuffle, but in a frenzied kamikaze attack.'
  6. 'he made a kamikaze run across three lanes of traffic'
  7. 'Yet there are worrying signs that the prime minister plans to end his war against the real Labour party with kamikaze attacks on its most cherished values.'


1. (during World War II) a member of a special corps in the Japanese air force charged with the suicidal mission of crashing an aircraft laden with explosives into an enemy target, especially a warship.

2. an airplane used for this purpose.

3. a person or thing that behaves in a wildly reckless or destructive manner: We were nearly run down by a kamikaze on a motorcycle. adjective

4. of, pertaining to, undertaken by, or characteristic of a kamikaze: a kamikaze pilot; a kamikaze attack

More examples(as adjective)

"pilots can be kamikaze."

"fliers can be kamikaze."

"worlds can be kamikaze."

"strikes can be kamikaze."

"missions can be kamikaze."

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Japanese, from kami ‘divinity’ + kaze ‘wind’, originally referring to the gale that, in Japanese tradition, destroyed the fleet of invading Mongols in 1281.