Definition of Seppuku

1. Noun. Ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society.

Exact synonyms: Hara-kiri, Harakiri, Harikari
Generic synonyms: Self-annihilation, Self-destruction, Suicide
Geographical relationships: Japan, Nihon, Nippon



Definition of Seppuku

1. n. Same as Hara-kiri.

Definition of Seppuku

1. Noun. A form of ritual suicide by disembowelment using a blade, practiced by Japanese samurai, especially to rid oneself of shame, as a means of protest or, formerly, as a method of capital punishment. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Seppuku

1. a Japanese form of suicide [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Seppuku

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seppuku (current term)
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Literary usage of Seppuku

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1. Chiushingura: Or, The Loyal League : a Japanese Romance = Chūshingura by Izumo Takeda, Monzaemon Chikamatsu, Frederick Victor Dickins (1880)
"THE seppuku OF YENYA. N accordance with the sentence of seclusion pronounced against Yenya ... seppuku ..."

2. The United Service (1905)
"The end of the world-famed "Forty-eight Ro-nins" was reached by seppuku in the ... Perhaps the most notable instance of seppuku was that which occurred at ..."

3. Evolution of the Japanese, Social and Psychic by Sidney Lewis Gulick (1903)
"And' not infrequently those who were condemned to commit "seppuku" were ... To be condemned to commit " seppuku " was a disgrace, but it was much less of a ..."

4. Evolution of the Japanese, Social and Psychic by Sidney Lewis Gulick (1903)
"In thus describing the Japanese sentiment in regard to " seppuku," there is, ... seppuku " itself was not honored, for in the vast majority of cases those ..."

5. The Risen Sun by Kenchō Suematsu (1905)
"Perhaps the most notable instance of seppuku was that which took place at Sakai ... When seppuku was purely a voluntary act the formalities were necessarily ..."

6. The Risen Sun by Kenchō Suematsu (1905)
"The end of the world-famed, " Forty-seven Ro-nins " was reached by seppuku in the same way ; each died by his own hand. They were given in charge of three ..."

7. Japan by the Japanese: A Survey by Its Highest Authorities by Alfred Stead (1904)
"It must be remembered, however, that the Bushido idea of seppuku was not sole y ' to end ... The cool deliberation without which seppuku would be impossible ..."

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