swastika

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noun swas·ti·ka \ ˈswäs-ti-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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Origin and Etymology of 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


SWASTIKA Defined for English Language Learners

swastika

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Definition of swastika for English Language Learners

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


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