腹切り

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
はら
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Etymology[edit]

From (はら) (hara, belly, bowels) + () (kiru, to cut).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(はら)() (harakiri

  1. hara-kiri, self-disembowelment

Usage notes[edit]

  • Harakiri, or 切腹(せっぷく) (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, () (kiru), otherwise meaning “to cut”, has the connotation of being thorough or decisive while performing an action, indicating the resolve of a Samurai in doing so.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Danish: harakiri
  • English: hara-kiri
  • Russian: хараки́ри (xarakíri) (see there for further descendants)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN