Definition of aroha in English:

aroha

noun

NZ
  • 1[mass noun] Love; affection.

    • ‘I heard chirpy ads in Maori, cool songs about aroha in Maori, measured words in Maori.’
    • ‘[Interruption] Oh, he says it is because he loves them - it is aroha.’
    • ‘‘She was there for anyone and offered her Maoriness and aroha to anyone,’ says broadcaster and narrator Tainui Stephens.’
    • ‘But really, all of my aroha, awhi, and manaaki goes to Nicola, Holly, Emma, and Zoe.’
    • ‘The details are unimportant, but it feels like maybe some of the goodwill or aroha we picked up earlier in the year is evaporating.’
    • ‘Kaumatua, or elder, Wara Heremaia told the crowd Maori had gathered to celebrate the power of aroha, something akin to love, rather than anger.’
    • ‘At first I thought I was feeling good because of the aroha in the room, but then I figured, no, that's there every year.’
    • ‘Nicotine dependency can cause people to prioritise their individual tobacco use and in the process, sideline fundamental Maori values, such as manaakitanga, aroha and whakapapa.’
    • ‘There was always aroha between them and he had no regrets.’
    • ‘They exist by their own force of creation and by the commitment in the hearts and the aroha of the people.’
    • ‘But NB received much aroha and praise, which is good, and I bought and got signed my copy of his novel, which is good too.’
    • ‘Last night, so many people gave me so much love and support, and I want to carry that aroha and awhina with me always, so that I can pass it on to others.’
    1. 1.1 Sympathy.
      • ‘The spirit behind the show is one of warm aroha and supportiveness.’
      • ‘Whanau aroha, being able to talk about their feelings and injustices, learning self-help skills and learning about themselves were important for healing.’
      • ‘With regards to the treatment of depression, participants identified the importance of whanau aroha and support, particularly being able to talk about their feelings and the injustices and being listened to.’
      • ‘Girls, boys, and adults being taught what is right and wrong will build our social capital, to give a genuine sense of aroha.’
      • ‘Of course, they do it because of their conscience, because of their aroha, and because of their concern for the broader social good.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

aroha

/ˈɑːrɒhə/