swas·​ti·​ka ˈswä-sti-kə How to pronounce swastika (audio)
 also  swä-ˈstē-
: 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
: a swastika used as a symbol of anti-Semitism or of Nazism

Examples of swastika in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to Hillcrest, staff at Origins High School in Brooklyn went public in recent weeks with allegations of antisemitism, including incidents of students who made death threats to Jews and drew swastikas in the school. Cayla Bamberger, New York Daily News, 11 Apr. 2024 After the teen’s mother found the swastika on her son on March 9, 2023, he was removed from the school, The Lawfare Project said in December, when the nonprofit announced the filing of the complaint with the Nevada Department of Education. Julia Marnin, Sacramento Bee, 21 June 2024 Police are asking for the public's help in identifying people who painted swastikas and racial slurs on the sides of multiple vehicles on Juneteenth in a largely Black and Latino neighborhood in east Phoenix as community leaders decried the vandalism. Lux Butler, The Arizona Republic, 20 June 2024 In September 2023, the FDLE and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) announced the arrest of a 48-year-old man for hanging swastikas and other antisemitic banners on a bridge. Denise Royal, CNN, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for swastika 

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of swastika was in 1871

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“Swastika.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swastika. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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swas·​ti·​ka ˈswäs-ti-kə How to pronounce swastika (audio)
 also  swä-ˈstē-kə
: a symbol in the form of a cross with the ends of the arms bent at right angles all in the same direction

from a word in Sanskrit (the ancient language of India) svastika "a symbol in the form of a cross with bent arms," from svasti "well-being"

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