Definitions for swastikaˈswɒs tɪ kə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

swas•ti•kaˈswɒs tɪ kə(n.)(pl.)-kas.

  1. a symbolic or ornamental figure of ancient origin, consisting of a cross with arms of equal length, each arm having a continuation at right angles in a uniformly clockwise or counterclockwise direction.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. this figure as the emblem of the Nazi Party and the Third Reich.

Origin of swastika:

1850–55; < Skt svastika=svasti well-being +-ka secondary n. suffix

swas′ti•kaed(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. swastika, Hakenkreuz(noun)

    the official emblem of the Nazi Party and the Third Reich; a cross with the arms bent at right angles in a clockwise direction

Wiktionary

  1. swastika(Noun)

    A cross with arms of equal length all bent halfway along at a 90u00B0 angle to the right or to the left, used as a religious symbol by various ancient and modern civilizations, and adopted more recently (with arms angled to the right) as a symbol of Nazism and fascism.

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  1. Swastika

    The swastika is an equilateral cross with four arms bent at 90 degrees. The earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization as well as the Mediterranean Classical Antiquity. Swastikas have also been used in various other ancient civilizations around the world including China, Japan, India, and Southern Europe. It remains widely used in Indian religions, specifically in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, primarily as a tantric symbol to evoke shakti or the sacred symbol of auspiciousness. The word "swastika" comes from the Sanskrit svastika - "su" meaning "good" or "auspicious," "asti" meaning "to be," and "ka" as a suffix. The swastika literally means "to be good". Or another translation can be made: "swa" is "higher self", "asti" meaning "being", and "ka" as a suffix, so the translation can be interpreted as "being with higher self". The symbol has a long history in Europe reaching back to antiquity. In modern times, following a brief surge of popularity as a good luck symbol in Western culture, a swastika was adopted as a symbol of the Nazi Party of Germany in 1920, who used the swastika as a symbol of the Aryan race. After Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, a right-facing 45° rotated swastika was incorporated into the Nazi party flag, which was made the state flag of Germany during Nazism. Hence, the swastika has become strongly associated with Nazism and related concepts such as antisemitism, hate, violence, death, and murder in many countries, and is now largely stigmatized there due to the changed connotations of the symbol. Notably, it has been outlawed in Germany and other countries if used as a symbol of Nazism in certain instances . Many modern political extremists and Neo-Nazi groups such as the Russian National Unity use stylized swastikas or similar symbols.


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swastika(noun)

a cross with the ends bent at right angles, adopted as the badge of the Nazi party in Germany before the Second World War.

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