Origin of kamikaze
Examples from the Web for kamikaze
Rubio blew it with immigration, and as for Cruz, I think even most Republicans see that that would be a kamikaze mission.
One can only dream, then, of the kamikaze damage Newt can inflict if he keeps his promise to continue fighting to the convention.Florida Primary: Why Liberals Should Cheer for Newt Gingrich|Michelle Goldberg|February 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Following the debate, the Romney campaign blasted Gingrich for his vengeful “kamikaze mission.”‘Bad Newt’ Is Back at Sunday’s New Hampshire Debate|Kirsten Powers|January 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He talks to Lennox Samuels about radiation fears and why this wasn't a kamikaze mission.A Japanese Firefighter Talks Surviving the Nuclear Reactors|Lennox Samuels|April 3, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Nicole Richie was recently rear-ended by a kamikaze cameraman so hard that she went to the hospital.
He had some of the characteristics of a kamikaze pilot, too, because there was no telling if he'd get back from his mission.The Inhabited|Richard Wilson
It had been kamikaze stuff, though there'd been a theoretical chance of the thirty men escaping, to justify sending them out.A Matter of Proportion|Anne Walker
British Dictionary definitions for kamikaze
noun (often capital)
Word Origin for kamikaze
Word Origin and History for kamikaze
"suicide flier," 1945, Japanese, literally "divine wind," from kami "god, providence, divine" (see kami) + kaze "wind." Originally the name given in folklore to a typhoon which saved Japan from Mongol invasion by wrecking Kublai Khan's fleet (August 1281). The attacks began in October 1944 off the Philippines.
As an aside, at war's end, the Japanese had, by actual count, a total of 16,397 aircraft still available for service, including 6,374 operational fighters and bombers, and if they had used only the fighters and bombers for kamikaze missions, they might have realized, additionally, 900 ships sunk or damaged and 22,000 sailors killed or injured. In fact, however, the Japanese had outfitted many aircraft, including trainers, as potential suicide attackers. As intelligence estimates indicated, the Japanese believed they could inflict at least 50,000 casualties to an invasion force by kamikaze attacks alone. [Richard P. Hallion, "Military Technology and the Pacific War," 1995]
As an adjective by 1946.
Culture definitions for kamikaze
Japanese fighter pilots in World War II, trained to make suicide crashes into Allied ships.