Pronunciation: (bän-zī', bän'-; Japn. bän'dzä'ē), [key]
1. (used as a Japanese patriotic cry or joyous shout.)
2. (used as a Japanese battle cry.)
leading to likely or inevitable death; suicidal: a banzai attack by Japanese troops in the last days of World War II.
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