Definition of ubuntu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʊˈbʊntʊ/


[mass noun] South African
A quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity: there is a need for understanding not vengeance, ubuntu not victimization
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  • Speaking during the Senior Citizens' Day at the weekend, hosted by Rhema Mthatha Christian Church, MaMbeki singled out ubuntu as one solution to the problems facing society.
  • I hope the summit will bring together a spirit of humanity - ubuntu - for sustainable development.
  • He referred to Africa's concept of ubuntu, equating compassion with it, and bringing smiles to many audience members' faces.


Xhosa and Zulu.

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