What does swastika mean?

Definitions for swastikaˈswɒs tɪ kə

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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


  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.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swastika

    swäs′ti-ka, n. the same as Fylfot (q.v.).—Also Svas′tika and Gammadion. [Sans., 'fortunate.']


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swastika in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swastika in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emily Gorcenski:

    He sprayed basically the whole group. The whole thing was scary. I was targeted by people wearing swastika pins, it was terrifying.

  2. Adolph Hitler-themed:

    I asked him ‘did you ask the teacher if you could use these images?’ and he said ‘yes,’ not sure what’s an appropriate manner to use a swastika.

  3. Tom Petty:

    People just need to think about how it looks to a black person, it's just awful. It's like how a swastika looks to a Jewish person. It just shouldn't be on flagpoles.

  4. Brian Levin:

    [Antifa’s] list of what is fascist has grown far beyond the loathsome, Swastika-carrying white nationalists, to controversial conservatives, speakers, the police, journalists and random people who get in their way.

  5. Stephen Piggott:

    We’re seeing a lot of young people wearing patches like that in the white nationalist world, if you were walking down the street, the average person wouldn’t have a clue what that patch is. But if he was walking down the street wearing a Nazi swastika, it would be completely different.

Images & Illustrations of swastika

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