Meaning of whakama in English:



mass nounNew Zealand
  • (in Maori culture) shame or embarrassment.

    ‘avoiding a doctor out of embarrassment or whakama is just plain silly’
    • ‘In these communities there is still an element of 'whakama' in having a smear but also anonymity.’
    • ‘They should suppress their whakama and sign up for the courses that are available.’
    • ‘I do not know how the Maori members in this House can stand seeing yet another attack on the concept of whakama.’
    • ‘Maori cultural phenomena such as whakama or hopo may have similarities in terms of being culture-bound reactions to extreme stressors.’
    • ‘Whakama is described as a state of mind that some Maori experience when they feel at a disadvantage.’
    • ‘There is intense externalised shame or guilt (sometimes described as whakama).’
    • ‘The biggest enemy of language revitalisation is whakama, a terrible sense of 'I'm not doing this right'.’
    • ‘Students identified more areas warranting further investigation, such as "possibility of whakama".’
    • ‘Mitigating against such a self-identification strategy is a complex phenomenon called whakama.’
    • ‘For many Maori New Zealanders, to infringe this value would be to bring whakama on themselves.’