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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Because the east-west runways are north and south of the terminal buildings, some people have said there is a similarity to a swastika.
Officers found slurs against homosexuals, a swastika, and the letters 'KKK' painted on a large rock on the campus' south parking lot, Bartlett Police Cmdr.
But apparently a very faint swastika eluded the scrub.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 1871See Words from the same year
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Definition of swastika for English Language Learners
: a symbol in the form of a cross with its ends bent at right angles all in the same direction
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