tagati, verb

Forms:
tagahti, takataShow more Also tagahti, takata, takati, thakatha.
Origin:
Adaptation of thakatha (common to several Nguni languages); forms with -i reflect the influence of the Nguni noun forms: see tagati noun.
1. intransitive. To practice witchcraft; to deal in charms and poisons for the working of evil.
1866 W.C. Holden Past & Future 123This cutting up of dead people looks as if they knew how to ‘takata’ (use witchcraft).
2. transitive
a. To bewitch (someone).
1866 W.C. Holden Past & Future (1963) 291A report was soon circulated in the clan, that he had takati-ed, or ‘ill wished’, the people, as his cattle and gardens were so fat and productive, and theirs so very poor.
1948 E. Hellmann Rooiyard 47The prosperous brewer is continually subject to the fear that some less successful competitor will thakatha her and cause her to lose her beer-custom.
b. passive. To be named as a witch or wizard.
1939 H. Klein in Outspan 3 Nov. 27He was accused by the witchdoctor of poisoning her. He knew the consequences of the accusation and before being ‘tagatied’ and killed in cold blood he fled from the kraal.
To practice witchcraft; to deal in charms and poisons for the working of evil.
To bewitch (someone).
To be named as a witch or wizard.
Derivatives:
Hence tagatied participial adjective, bewitched.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 491Tagatied,..An anglicized form of the Kaffir word meaning to bewitch, to ill-wish.
1974 C. Melville InformantTagahtied. Bewitched.
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