Definition of seppuku in English:



  • another term for hara-kiri
    • ‘Getting the the Imperial palace flattened would have been a great disgrace probably requiring seppuku of the Japanese leaders concerned.’
    • ‘The nagasa (length of blade) for seppuku was about 11.’
    • ‘In one of the picture's most satisfying scenes, one of Lord Matsudaira's lackeys arrives at the Sasahara fief with orders for Isaburo and Yogoro to commit seppuku.’
    • ‘Accusing the daimyo of treason, Lord Hanachi was forced to commit seppuku; after his death, the domain of Totomi was stripped from the lord's family, and his samurai became ronin.’
    • ‘If I didn't get a tornado by the end of this hunt then there was no way I could return to my homeland in honor and would have to commit seppuku in a cornfield.’
    • ‘He does this by undertaking a quest: he will find the sword with which the novelist performed seppuku, or what we refer to with the words that mean ‘belly cut’: hara-kiri.’
    • ‘She was daughter of a Japanese samurai family, whose grandfather had supported the imperial army and committed seppuku, whose father had rebuilt the family fortunes in the wake of the Second World War.’
    • ‘Hotta was a retainer of Asano Takumi no Kami, who drew his sword in anger and attacked Kira Kozukenosuke while in the shogunal castle, resulting in his own death by seppuku and the attainder of the House of Ako.’
    • ‘The reports indicate that at least 27 samurai died, and only 3 ninja were killed, and the ones that were still alive committed seppuku.’
    • ‘The transference of that vision, as Algren helps the defeated Katsumoto perform an impromptu seppuku on the field of battle, defines the real last samurai.’
    • ‘They would all commit seppuku before following a suggestion from such as you!’
    • ‘Mishima, who himself committed seppuku in 1970, sought purifying oneness with the collective spirit of his people.’
    • ‘Blasted out by artillery, on 24 September Saig was wounded in a last sortie and committed seppuku assisted by a faithful follower, who then killed himself.’
    • ‘Undeservedly as it may appear, unless the Tories commit collective seppuku, they are finally heading back to government.’
    • ‘Because nobody reads his blog, this blogger gets even more depressed, and eventually abandons the project and/or commits seppuku.’
    • ‘His master, Lord Yabu Kasigi, had committed seppuku at the orders of those more powerful than he.’
    • ‘He would have had to commit seppuku at the end of the interview, because he would have been humiliated worse than anyone in the history of the world.’
    • ‘They all committed seppuku in shame and we lost the account.’
    • ‘Alas, as he makes its way to ignominious demise, he appears to have committed career seppuku.’
    • ‘She brings out the fragility of the young girl but gradually shows how anger, defiance and idealism culminate in a suicide that is, as seppuku should be, an act of dignity, not despair.’


Japanese, from setsu ‘to cut’ + fuku ‘abdomen’.