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hara-kiri

ha·ra-ki·ri

hara-kiri

 
pronunciation:
ha r ki ri [or] heI ri keI ri
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a Japanese ritual suicide with knife or dagger, usu. to preserve one's honor, and associated esp. with the samurai and, more recently, the military.
definition 2: a self-destructive action, comparable to suicide in its devastating effects.