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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The report highlighted about a dozen incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism in Maryland where suspects painted swastikas on homes, schools, or businesses and handed out anti-Jewish flyers. Catherine Rentz, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland delegate says driver yelled 'Heil Hitler' at her while campaigning," 21 June 2018 In December, several swastikas were found carved into desks, including some in classes with Jewish teachers. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Massachusetts High School Apologizes After Nazi Quote Is Printed in Yearbook," 16 June 2018 And, several days later, a swastika was also scrawled on a sign displayed outside a home in the 900 block of North Keystone Street. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Vandals tag homes with hate speech, scrawl profanities on vehicle, Burbank police say," 5 Apr. 2018 The person who sought registration of the swastika did so for exactly the same reason — to block others from having access to the mark. Sonia K. Katyal, BostonGlobe.com, "The sudden rush of vulgar trademarks," 23 June 2018 Spokesman Sam Harp said the swastika was two or three inches wide and was removed after the student reported it. Fox News, "Harvard investigating swastika left on campus bulletin board," 11 May 2018 The cathedral and its beautiful square appear are seen when the Germans have overtaken the city and strung swastika flags in Old Town. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Sound of Music," 17 Apr. 2017 The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is investigating swastikas and other graphic images that were spray-painted on trees and the ground at Lake Williams State Park, officials said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "DEEP: Swastikas Spray-Painted On Trees In Lake Williams State Park," 4 June 2018 Four Maryland teenagers were charged with hate crimes after racist graffiti, homophobic slurs and swastikas were discovered spray-painted on a high school campus. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "4 teens charged with hate crimes after racist graffiti, swastikas found at high school," 26 May 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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