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kamikaze  (ˌkæmɪˈkɑːzɪ


noun (often capital)

  1. (in World War II) one of a group of Japanese pilots who performed suicidal missions by crashing their aircraft, loaded with explosives, into an enemy target, esp a ship
  2. an aircraft used for such a mission
  3. (modifier) (of an action) undertaken or (of a person) undertaking an action in the knowledge that it will result in the death of the person performing it in order that maximum damage may be inflicted on an enemy   ⇒ a kamikaze attack,   ⇒ a kamikaze bomber
  4. (modifier) extremely foolhardy and possibly self-defeating   ⇒ kamikaze pricing

Word Origin

C20: from Japanese, from kami divine + kaze wind, referring to the winds that, according to Japanese tradition, destroyed a Mongol invasion fleet in 1281


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= self-destructive, suicidal, foolhardy

Example Sentences Including 'kamikaze'

I remember her being the kamikaze queen of the game, lucky with the dice.
Scarlett Thomas POPCO (2004)
By contrast, the two Swedish wives took no part in the defence of Saint-Esprit, uncomfortable in the face of Mrs Saito's kamikaze zeal.
Ballard, J. G. Rushing to Paradise


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