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Maat \Maat\, a. [See Mate, a.] Dejected; sorrowful; downcast. [Obs.] ``So piteous and so maat.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Egyptian goddess, literally (in Egyptian) "truth."


n. (context South Africa slang English) mate; buddy


Maat or Ma'at was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. Her ideological counterpart was Isfet.

The earliest surviving records indicating that Maat is the norm for nature and society, in this world and the next, were recorded during the Old Kingdom, the earliest substantial surviving examples being found in the Pyramid Texts of Unas (ca. 2375 BCE and 2345 BCE).

Later, as a goddess in other traditions of the Egyptian pantheon, where most goddesses were paired with a male aspect, her masculine counterpart was Thoth, as their attributes are similar. In other accounts, Thoth was paired off with Seshat, goddess of writing and measure, who is a lesser known deity.

After her role in creation and continuously preventing the universe from returning to chaos, her primary role in Egyptian mythology dealt with the weighing of souls (also called the weighing of the heart) that took place in the underworld, Duat. Her feather was the measure that determined whether the souls (considered to reside in the heart) of the departed would reach the paradise of afterlife successfully.

Pharaohs are often depicted with the emblems of Maat to emphasise their role in upholding the laws of the Creator.

Maat (rank)

Maat is a naval rank of the German Navy equivalent to the army/ air force rank of Unteroffizier. It is grouped as OR5 in NATO, equivalent to Petty officer, second class in the US Navy. However, Maate is also the collective name to all junior NCO-ranks (ranks: Maat, Seekadett, and Obermaat) in the modern day´s German Navy.

In navy context NCOs of this rank were formally addressed as Herr/ Frau Maat also informally / short Maat. The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group is as follows:
Unteroffizier ohne Portepee
*OR-5a: Obermaat / (Heer/ Luftwaffe) Stabsunteroffizier

  • OR-5b: Seekadett / Fahnenjunker
  • OR-5c: Maat / Unteroffizier

The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru:другие ранги, кроме офицероф"!

Maat (disambiguation)

Ma'at or Maat is an Egyptian goddess and concept.

Maat may also refer to:

  • Maat (TV series), Hum TV drama serial
  • Maat (military), naval rank of the German Navy, Kriegsmarine, and Kaiserliche Marine
  • Maat Kheru, the true intonation with which the dead must recite magical incantations according to Maspus
  • Maat Mons, the highest volcano on the planet Venus

People with the surname Maat:

  • Albert Jan Maat, Dutch politician and member of the European Parliament
  • Martin de Maat, teacher and artistic director at the Second City in Chicago
Maat (TV series)

Maat (meaning defeat) was a Pakistani teledrama broadcast on Hum TV which premiered on 9 September 2011. The drama is based on an Urdu novel of the same name by Umera Ahmed. Maat's last episode was telecasted on 24 February 2012. It is the thirteenth highest-rated Pakistani television series.

Maat is selected to be on air on Hum Europe from 13 August 2016 every Saturday & Sunday at 9pm

''Maat ''was also aired in India on Zindagi under the title Maat, premiering on 19 July 2014. The shows ended its run in India on 12 August 2014. It has again been show three more times in India due to its popularity.

Usage examples of "maat".

Satisfied, he disconnects and puts his full attention on the magnificient city around him, the brave dream of the Maat.