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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Recent Examples on the Web Public buildings were draped in blood-red banners bearing the swastika. Katja Hoyer, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 Were symbols of evil (the pentagram instead of the swastika this time) once again inciting legions of the discontented to overthrow an existing order? Bob Larsen, SPIN, 12 Feb. 2022 Aside from the swastika, the nature of the other graffiti was not disclosed. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Feb. 2022 Athey may have had an Indonesian temple swastika tattooed on his neck, but Helms had a Confederate flag tattooed on his heart. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 To be on the field at orange high school, with a swastika on his calf. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 26 May 2022 The world’s largest crypto exchange, Binance, came under fire from Twitter users after tweeting out a new emoji that bore a striking resemblance to a swastika. Declan Harty, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 Lake Catholic head lacrosse coach Chris Hastings has resigned, according to multiple reports, in the wake of an incident in which a player with a swastika drawn on his leg played last week in an OHSAA playoff game against Orange. cleveland, 24 May 2022 It was noticed that a lake Catholic player had a swastika image drawn on. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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“Swastika.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swastika. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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