Definitions

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  • noun New Zealand curse, magical curse.

Etymologies

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Maori mākutu

Examples

  • The stone lion, said to be the cause of the makutu after a family member allegedly stole it from the Greytown Hotel a week before the ceremony, also stood at the front of the court during the hearing.

    Nine people to stand trial in exorcism death of family member

  • Now the guy may be maximising his use of these words for a deliberate effect, but the point is that New Zealand newspapers no longer gloss them except for makutu "curse", which was glossed in its first use at the beginning of the article, because they are all in frequent enough use in NZ English that almost all readers would understand them.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • You just don't touch those things and people have told me to makutu them.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • You just don't touch those things and people have told me to makutu them.

    Awesomeness

  • Now the guy may be maximising his use of these words for a deliberate effect, but the point is that New Zealand newspapers no longer gloss them except for makutu "curse", which was glossed in its first use at the beginning of the article, because they are all in frequent enough use in NZ English that almost all readers would understand them.

    Awesomeness

  • Wright, 53, Aroha Gwendoline Wharepapa, 49, Angela Orupe, 47, and Tanginoa Apanui, 43, were found guilty of drowning Ms Moses in a bizarre effort to rid her of what they believed to be a makutu or curse.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • "But what can be stated is that tohunga or kaumatua should be consulted by whanau where makutu is suspected so that the whanau receive the correct expert advice as to how to deal with a situation, as such advice will be tempered by ensuring what is to be carried out by such exorcism remains within the laws of New Zealand as set down by Parliament," he said.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • Ms Moses died during an attempted exorcism, and Mr Smith recommended whanau instead consult experts when they suspected a makutu or curse had been placed on a family member.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • Janet Moses, 22, was held down on the floor of a house during the three-day long ceremony to lift a traditional curse, or makutu, prosecutors say.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph

  • The concept of makutu is a powerful one among Maori and is still taken very seriously by many.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph

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