swas·ti·ka | \ ˈswä-sti-kə also swä-ˈstē- \

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

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The Spanish chain has also apologized for selling striped pajamas for children with a yellow star on the breast that some said resembled concentration camp uniforms, and an embroidered handbag that included a swastika design. Abha Bhattarai, chicagotribune.com, "Why do retailers like Zara and H&M keep making headlines for offensive clothing?," 2 July 2018 His black 2011 Chevrolet Silverado had been spray-painted with swastikas. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "‘Wite Pride’: Black Lives Matter Activist’s Truck Vandalized With Swastikas, Racial Slurs," 20 June 2018 The 1936 Olympics, where the American flag kept company with the Nazi swastika, is a prime example. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Flag fetishists freak out over summit stage design.," 12 June 2018 Satellite images from Google Maps show a large swastika, apparently branded into the grass, where the burning is supposed to have taken place. Madeline Mcgee, ajc, "Rural Georgia bar hosts neo-Nazis for swastika-burning after rally," 27 Apr. 2018 In addition to traditional hate symbols such as the swastika and Confederate were found, there were also products such as a noose vehicle decal, evoking the lynchings of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Amazon profits by not banning white supremacists and 'peddlers of hate,' report charges," 6 July 2018 Among the items: a Nazi swastika pendant, and a hangman’s noose decal, a cross burning baby onesie. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon blasted for offering merchandise promoting white supremacy," 6 July 2018 One of the pages contained swastikas and other symbols, while another appeared to be a mock press release about a bombing. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Bucks DA: 'Great policework' nabs chemical-company owner accused of building bombs," 28 June 2018 In March 2017, swastikas and an anti-African American racial slur were found in a bathroom at the 1,200-student school. baltimoresun.com, "A senseless act of hatred," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of swastika

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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

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