(during World War II) a member of a special corps in the Japanese air force charged with the suicidal mission of crashing an aircraft laden with explosives into an enemy target, especially a warship.
an airplane used for this purpose.
a person or thing that behaves in a wildly reckless or destructive manner: We were nearly run down by a kamikaze on a motorcycle.
of, pertaining to, undertaken by, or characteristic of a kamikaze: a kamikaze pilot; a kamikaze attack.

1940–45; < Japanese, equivalent to kami(y) god (earlier *kamui) + kaze wind (earlier *kanzai

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kamikaze (ˌkæmɪˈkɑːzɪ)
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
[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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Word Origin & History

"suicide corps," 1945, Japanese, lit. "divine wind," from kami "god, providence, divine" + kaze "wind." Originally the name given in folklore to a typhoon which saved Japan from Mongol invasion by wrecking Kublai Khan's fleet (August 1281).
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kamikaze [(kah-muh-kah-zee)]

Japanese fighter pilots in World War II, trained to make suicide crashes into Allied ships.

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Example sentences
Bus routes have been set up and kamikaze motorcycle-taxi riders forced to wear
There, weather foiled their invasions and gave rise to the legend of the divine
  wind, or kamikaze.
We've seen the crotch kamikaze next to come, the snitch one.
One second, you'd be creeping up on an enemy encampment, the next you'd be
  pulverized by a kamikaze pilot.
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