swas·​ti·​ka | \ ˈswä-sti-kə How to pronounce swastika (audio) 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 party, known for its stiff-armed salutes, swastika-like flag... Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Greece’s Slow Justice Lets Fascist Party Prosper," 1 May 2019 Eventually, the swastika-makers got bored and moved on. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet," 12 Mar. 2018 The New York Police Department was investigating swastikas scrawled on the walls of an aquatics and fitness center in Manhattan as a hate crime, a police official said Thursday. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York Police Probe Swastikas at Sports Facility," 7 Mar. 2019 One summer night in 1935, a dozen American radicals boarded a German luxury liner in New York Harbor, tore loose the swastika flag from her bow and threw it into the Hudson River. Richard Snow, WSJ, "‘The Agitator’ Review: You Can’t Fly That Flag Here!," 22 Mar. 2019 By now, even a preteen scrawling a swastika on a school bench probably does so with a degree of media-knowingness. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How the News Became Fake," 25 Jan. 2019 Cohn, who is Jewish, was especially shaken when one of his daughters found a swastika on her college dorm room. Robert Costa, The Seattle Times, "New book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency," 4 Sep. 2018 Earlier that year, the star was defaced in February of 2016 when someone spray-painted it with a swastika. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Anti-Trump vandalism sweeps country: Yacht, Hollywood star latest targets," 9 Aug. 2018 In October, the town’s library was defaced with a swastika. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Anti-Semitic slur and swastika found at Reading middle school," 22 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of swastika

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

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