Definition of matakite in English:



  • 1New Zealand A Maori person with supernatural insight who sees visions of the future.

    ‘a person calling themselves a matakite posted a message on her Facebook page’
    • ‘A female matakite may be found at the village.’
    • ‘The matakite was a person who assisted the tohunga by diagnosing a patient's illness.’
    • ‘The song was composed by the matakite.’
    • ‘Matakite are the seers, those that see, hear and know beyond the ordinary; those who are aware of and experience the spiritual realms.’
    • ‘She acts as a matakite (family seer) to him and soberly declares: You must remain a fugitive until you have put right the wrong you did to my nephew.’
    • ‘Some but not all Māori were prepared by what were authentic divine special revelations by their own matakite (seers).’
    • ‘Some people would not believe him when he said that the matakite (seer) was "top of the lot".’
    • ‘The mother had committed a breach of tapu, which had to be discovered by the matakite.’
    • ‘The publicity material for the work described the woman as a 'seer,' or matakite.’
    • ‘The matakite declares to his visitor the cause of his relative's illness.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The supernatural ability to see visions of the future.
      ‘she will hold an eight-week residency which centres on her matakite’
      • ‘The lineage of prophetic tradition and the acceptance of the power of matakite infuses all the major Maori movements, religious and political.’
      • ‘I suppose in some societies they call it the third eye, but in our society we call it the gift of matakite, which means the ability to foresee.’
      • ‘With her gift of matakite or second sight, she deepens her connection to traditional Maori values and the politics of Maori culture in a colonised world.’
      • ‘The belief in matakite or the gift of second-sight is universal amongst the Maoris.’
      • ‘These parables were the product of a powerful concordance between Old Testament notions of prophethood and matakite, the gift of foresight.’


Mid 19th century Maori.