Definition of abatagati in English:

abatagati

(also abatakati, abathagathi, abathakathi)

noun

South African
  • Treated as plural. Especially among the Nguni peoples: witches or wizards as a class; practitioners of evil magic.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Xhosa abathakathi and its cognate Zulu abathakathi practitioners of magic collectively from aba-, plural class prefix + thakathi witch, wizard. Compare Xhosa umthakathi, Zulu umthakathi an individual witch or wizard, and also Zulu ubuthakathi witchcraft.

Pronunciation:

abatagati

/əˌbatəˈɡɑːti/