Pronunciation: (här'u-kēr'ē, har'u-, har'ē-),[key] —n. 1. Also calledseppuku. 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.