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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hara-kiri  \Ha"ra-ki`ri\,  n.  [Jap.,  stomach  cutting.] 
  Suicide,  by  slashing  the  abdomen,  formerly  practiced  in 
  Japan,  and  commanded  by  the  government  in  the  cases  of 
  disgraced  officials;  disembowelment;  --  also  written,  but 
  incorrectly,  {hari-kari}.  --W.  E.  Griffis. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harakiri 
  n  :  (Japan)  ritual  suicide  by  self-disembowlment  on  a  sword 
  [syn:  {harikari}] 




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