From 腹 (hara, “belly, bowels”) + 切る (kiru, “cut”).
腹切り (hiragana はらきり, rōmaji harakiri)
- hara-kiri, self-disembowelment
- 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.