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- 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.