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konza, verb

Forms:
Also khonza, konsa.
Origin:
Nguni khonza pay homage, serve, wait upon.
1. intransitive. To pay homage, show respect; often in the phrase to konza to (someone).
1836 N. Isaacs Trav. (1937) 123The people of the outer kraals..generally come to ‘conser,’ (pay their respects,) with the view of getting cattle.
1982 Financial Mail 9 July 161The chief of the Tembe-Tonga is..now an old man...Tongas in Mozambique even today ‘Khonza’ (pay deference) to him.
2. transitive. rare. to konza (someone). To pay (a chief or king) homage; to show (a superior) respect.
1852 R.B. Struthers Hunting Jrnl (1991) 15An old man who used sometimes to go hunting with me at the lake came today saying he wanted to Konza (serve) us.
1952 H. Klein Land of Silver Mist 104She sat quietly in her mountain kraal...Her indunas konza-d her. They sang praises of their queen.
3. combinations
konza-attitude;
konza name, a courtesy title.
1937 B.H. Dicke Bush Speaks 35If, in time, Schiel has proved himself as great chief, the natives might have accorded him, as one of his ‘konza’-names, the name of Cetywayo, (Konza-names are respect-titles). [Note] Konza-Names: The Bantu consider it disrespectful to address a man by the name they have given him. Therefore, ‘konza-names’ are invented, i.e. courtesy-titles.
1952 H. Klein Land of Silver Mist 172The tribesmen,..in the ordinary course of events, first gauge a man’s capabilities and character before bestowing a konza name (courtesy title).
To pay homage, show respect; often in the phrase to konza to (someone).
To pay (a chief or king) homage; to show (a superior) respect.

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