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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But the mural was vandalized over the weekend when a swastika was spray-painted on top of the students’ tribute. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Duke University Tree of Life Memorial Mural Vandalized," 20 Nov. 2018 He was later found to have a swastika tattoo on his chest. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He was riding his bike and refused to pull over. Then a deputy looked in his bag.," 15 June 2018 In the letter, Conrad also referenced incidents from December in which swastikas were drawn on a desk of a Jewish teacher at the school. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Andover high pulls yearbook with Nazi-linked senior quote," 14 June 2018 The stage was decorated with a swastika and pictures of Hitler. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "American Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers Have Been Around Since the 1930’s," 26 Nov. 2018 Other die-hard members balk at the idea of toning down their public protest (like leaving guns and swastika flags at home, as one post suggests to attendees). Jane Coaston, Vox, "The alt-right is debating whether to try to look less like Nazis," 10 Aug. 2018 One image shows dozens of people giving Nazi salutes in front of a burning swastika that appears to be 12 to 18 feet tall. Time, "Neo-Nazis Burned a Swastika After Their Rally in Georgia," 22 Apr. 2018 There wasn’t the kind of economic downturn that unleashes, oh say, burning swastikas at rallies in the South, or the unprovoked beatings of at least three Jews in Brooklyn in the last month. New York Times, "What Philip Roth Taught Me About Being an American Jew," 24 May 2018 In June 2015, fans painted a swastika on the pitch in Split ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy. Lajla Veselica And Nicolas Gaudichet, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 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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