Origin of hara-kiri
Examples from the Web for hara-kiri
He was attending a lesson in hara-kiri taken by his young son.The Usurper|Judith Gautier
When you come to Japan, look at Farsari's hara-kiri pictures and his photos of the last crucifixion (twenty years ago) in Japan.From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling
Now, my readers will understand that hara-kiri, or seppuku, was not a mere suicidal process.
Hara-kiri has been often translated as “the happy dispatch” in confusion with a native euphemism for the act.
More usually the Japanese themselves speak of hara-kiri by its Chinese synonym, Seppuku.
British Dictionary definitions for hara-kiri
Word Origin for hara-kiri
Word Origin and History for hara-kiri
"suicide by disembowelment," 1856, from Japanese, literally "belly-cutting," the colloquial word for what is formally called seppuku "cut open the stomach;" from hara "belly" + kiri "to cut."
Culture definitions for hara-kiri
A ritual of suicide, associated with warriors in traditional Japanese society.