banzai

[bahn-zahy, bahn-; Japanese bahn-dzah-ee]
interjection
1.
(used as a Japanese patriotic cry or joyous shout.)
2.
(used as a Japanese battle cry.)
adjective
3.
leading to likely or inevitable death; suicidal: a banzai attack by Japanese troops in the last days of World War II.

Origin:
1890–95; < Japanese, equivalent to ban ten thousand + -zai, combining form of sai years of age (< Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese wàn-suì, Korean manse)

banzai, bonsai.
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banzai (ˈbɑːnzaɪ, bɑːnˈzaɪ)
 
interj
a patriotic cheer, battle cry, or salutation
 
[Japanese: literally, (may you live for) ten thousand years]

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banzai
Japanese war-cry, 1893, lit. "(may you live) ten thousand years," originally a greeting addressed to the emperor, from ban "ten thousand" + sai "year."
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Then the enemy launched two banzai attacks, each announced with a bugle call.
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