Meaning of hara-kiri
Pronunciation: (här'u-kēr'ē, har'u-, har'ē-), [key]
- 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.
- suicide or any suicidal action; a self-destructive act: political hara-kiri.
- harakiri (Thesaurus)