Simple Definition of swastika
: a symbol in the form of a cross with its ends bent at right angles all in the same direction
Full Definition of swastika
1 : a symbol or ornament in the form of a Greek cross with the ends of the arms extended at right angles all in the same rotary direction
2 : a swastika used as a symbol of anti-Semitism or of Nazism
Origin of swastika
Sanskrit svastika, from svasti well-being, from su- well + as- to be; akin to Sanskrit asti he is, Old English is; from its being regarded as a good luck symbol
First Known Use: 1871
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