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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
はら
Grade: 6

Grade: 2
kun’yomi

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EtymologyEdit

From  (はら) (hara, belly, bowels) +  () (kiru, to cut).

NounEdit

腹切り (hiragana はらきり, rōmaji harakiri)

  1. hara-kiri, self-disembowelment

Usage notesEdit

  • Harakiri, or 切腹 (せっぷく) (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,  () (kiru), otherwise meaning “to 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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DescendantsEdit

  • Danish: harakiri
  • English: hara-kiri