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English definition of “kamikaze”


adjective     /ˌkæm.iˈkɑː.zi/
[before noun] describes a sudden violent attack on an enemy, especially one in which the person or people attacking know that they will be killed: a kamikaze attack/missionAttacking and invadingKillingMurder and attempted murder being willing to take risks and not worrying about safety: kamikaze taxi drivers a kamikaze attitudeTaking risksGambling and bookmaking
(Definition of kamikaze adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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