Definitions for hari-kariˈhɑr iˈkɑr i, ˈhær iˈkær i
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An alternative spelling of hara-kiri, considered to be incorrect.
Origin: Corrupted from : 腹切り (Hepburn romanization: harakiri), literally "belly-cutting".
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
called also a "happy despatch," a form of suicide, now obsolete, permitted to offenders of high rank to escape the indignity of a public execution; the nature of it may be gathered from the name, "a gash in the belly."