Historical loan words
E rua ngā rā i mōteatea ai te koroua nei, a Māhu; i te toru o ngā rā kua rite katoa tōna whakaaro mō te haere (JPS 1899:122). / This old man, Māhu, greived for two day, and on the third day all his arrangements had been made for the trip.
to be fearful, apprehensive, anxious.
Ka tatau atu te tangata nei i ngā ingoa, ā poto katoa, ka mōteatea te tangata nei (NM 1928:173). / This man recited the names and when they had all been listed he was apprehensive.
lament, traditional chant, sung poetry - a general term for songs sung in traditional mode.
Kei reira anō ngā kōrero mō ngā mōteatea, me ētehi kōrero mōna ake (TTR 1990:277). / The discussions about the laments and other accounts about himself are also there.
grief, sadness, sorrow, depression.
I runga i te haeretanga o Kāwana Ihiringitana he nui te mōteatea o te ngākau Māori (TPH 12/11/1912:5). / Great is the sorrow of Māori with regard to the departure of Governor Islington.
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