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腹切り

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
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EtymologyEdit

From (hara, belly, bowels) + 切る (kiru, cut).

NounEdit

腹切り (hiragana はらきり, romaji harakiri)

  1. hara-kiri, self-disembowelment

Usage notesEdit

  • harakiri, or 切腹 (seppuku), was the Samurai practice of committing honorable suicide in historic Japan, seen as a final deed to cleanse oneself of sins and remove shame. As a verbal suffix, 切る (kiru), otherwise meaning “cut”, has the connotation of being thorough or decisive while performing an action, indicating the resolve of a Samurai in doing so.

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