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hūmārire Play

1. (verb) to be handsome, pleasant, beautiful, peaceful, gentle, amiable, nice, affable, genial.

He mata mā, he mahora te upoko, i hiamoemoe ngā kanohi, i tū-ā-roa te ihu, i pakonga ngā pāpāringa, i rahirahi ngā ngutu, ā, i hūmārire ngā mata i te tirohanga atu, he taitamariki hoki (TK 1/11/1843:44). / A fair face, broad head, sleepy eyes, the nose is somewhat long, hollow cheeks, thin lips and the eyes are pleasing to look at, and she's youthful.


2. (modifier) handsome, pleasant, beautiful, peaceful, gentle, amiable, nice, affable, genial.

He iwi hūmārire te Māori, he makoha, he aroha ki te pai (TTT 1/8/1930:2118) / The Māori are amiable people, placid and love that which is good.


Synonyms: purotu, tau, waiwaiā, koea, ātaahua, hūmārie, ātanga, pīwari, turua


3. (noun) peacefulness, good nature, geniality, beauty, handsomeness, peace.

Ko te mea nui ki ēnā koroua, ko te hūmarire, ko te pai tētahi ki tētahi, ko te ngākau whakaiti, ko te aroha ki te tangata (EM 2002:19). / The main thing for those elderly men is peacefulness, being good to each other, humble and concern for people.


Synonyms: purotu, rerehua, waiwaiā, ātaahua, hūmārie, tau, ātanga


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