Pronunciation: (här'u-kēr'ē, har'u-, har'ē-), [key]
1. Also called seppuku. ceremonial suicide by ripping open the abdomen with a dagger or knife: formerly practiced in Japan by members of the warrior class when disgraced or sentenced to death.
2. suicide or any suicidal action; a self-destructive act: political hara-kiri. Also,hari-kari.
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