moruti, noun

maruti, moorootzeShow more Also maruti, moorootze, muruti.
Sotho, seTswanaShow more Sotho and seTswana, singular noun prefix mo- (see mo-) + -ruti, from ruta teach.
Among speakers of Sotho and seTswana: umfundisi.
1866 E.L. Price Jrnls (1956) 246I think they wd. take anything from Roger, or any ‘Muruti’ — so glad are they to get a teacher once more.
a1875 T. Baines Jrnl of Res. (1964) II. 94Instead of taking me to the Moorootze, Mr. Cameron, he left me in Morroko’s kraal.
1918 C. Garstin Sunshine Settlers 163They’ve got a new maruti over at Kala’s Stad..from the missionary school..with a description of hell at his tongue’s tip that makes old Dante’s prospectus sound like a garden city.
1937 B.H. Dicke Bush Speaks 43This old warrior was a ‘moruti,’ a teacher of religion.
1953 P. Lanham Blanket Boy’s Moon 22Yes, Moruti, I was baptised during childhood at the French Mission, by a Moruti who bore your name.
1967 M. Marquard Lett. from Boer Parsonage 84He sent his sugar ration to the Parsonage with the message that the moruti’s children should rather have the sugar since his own children were older.
1968 A. Fulton Dark Side of Mercy 28The moruti, the priest who had baptised him, had poured scorn on the power of the Ngaka, deriding the magic of the medicine horn.
1977 S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 46Shadrack Maloka is Moruti (minister) of a congregation in Garankuwa near Pretoria.
1980 Voice 29 Oct. 13We already have too many buffoons de-citizenshipping us. But now some baruti wish to add Amen! to all that.
1990 Weekend Post 24 Feb. (Leisure) 4Their attempts to be on good terms with all their parishioners were soon rebuffed by the town’s white inhabitants...The Bafurutse, however,..took the moruti and his mma-moruti into their hearts.
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