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Definition of hara-kiri noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

hara-kiri

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌhærə ˈkɪri//
 
, NAmE//ˌhɑrəˈkɪri//
 
[uncountable] (from Japanese)
 
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an act of killing yourself by cutting open your stomach with a sword, performed especially by the samurai in Japan in the past, to avoid losing honor
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