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swastika

noun swas·ti·ka \ˈswäs-ti-kə also swä-ˈstē-\

: 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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