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English definition of “hara-kiri”

hara-kiri

noun [U] uk   /ˌhær.əˈkiː.ri/ us  
(in Japan, especially in the past) a formal way of killing yourself by cutting open your stomach with a swordCeremoniesKillingMurder and attempted murder
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