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kamikaze (ˌkæmɪˈkɑːzɪ Pronunciation for kamikaze


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'

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
I remember her being the kamikaze queen of the game, lucky with the dice.
Scarlett Thomas POPCO (2004)


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