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swastika

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

Simple Definition of swastika

  • : a symbol in the form of a cross with its ends bent at right angles all in the same direction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of swastika

  1. 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. 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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