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1. (verb) (-tia) to injure by spells, bewitch - inflicting physical and psychological harm and even death through spiritual powers.

Engari e whakapono ana au ka mate ētahi tāngata i te wehi i tōna mahara kua whaiwhaiātia ia (TKO 11/1920:4). / But I believe that some people died from fear in their minds that they had been bewitched.

2. (modifier) magical, paranormal, psychic, supernatural.

I rongo tonu aku taringa ki ngā kōrero kēhua, ki ngā kōrero whaiwhaiā, ki ngā tapu huhua o te Māori (TKO 30/1/1921:3). / I heard the ghost stories, stories of the paranormal and the many prohibitions of the Māori.

3. (noun) witchcraft, sorcery - the inflicting of physical and psychological harm and even death through spiritual powers.

Ka aranga te ingoa o tēnei whaiwhaiā he taupā i te wahine. E rua ngā āhua o tēnei whaiwhaiā, he tangata kāore i tae ki te wahine, he tangata i tae tonu ki te wahine i moea hei wahine tūturu māna, ki te mōhio taua tangata kua tata ia te mate ka taupātia e ia tōna wahine i mua atu i tōna matenga (TPH 31/8/1904:2). / This witchcraft is known as the ritual to withhold the wife from other men. There are two functions of this witchcraft, for a man who is not able to take a woman and for a man who has taken a wife in a permanent relationship. If that man knows he is approaching death he will perform the ritual to withhold his wife from other men.

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