- a design or ornament of ancient origin in the form of a cross with four equal arms, each bent in a right-angle extension: a mystic symbol found in both the Old World and the New World
- this design with the arms bent back clockwise, used in Nazi Germany and by other Nazi fascists as a party emblem and symbol of anti-Semitism
Origin of swastikaSanskrit svastika from svasti, well-being, benediction from su, well ( from Indo-European base an unverified form su-, variant, variety of an unverified form swe-, an unverified form sewe-: see suicide) + asti, he is: for Indo-European base see is
- An ancient cosmic or religious symbol formed by a Greek cross with the ends of the arms bent at right angles in either a clockwise or a counterclockwise direction.
- Such a symbol with a clockwise bend to the arms, used as the emblem of the Nazi party and of the German state under Adolf Hitler, officially adopted in 1935.
Origin of swastikaSanskrit svastikah sign of good luck, swastika from svasti well-being ; see (e)su- in Indo-European roots.
From Sanskrit à¤¸à¥à¤µà¤¸à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤• (svÃ¡stika), from à¤¸à¥ (sÃº, “good, well") + à¤…à¤¸à¥à¤¤à¤¿ (Ã¡sti-), a verbal abstract of the root of the verb "to be", svasti thus meaning "well-being" "” and the diminutive suffix à¤• (-ka)meaning soul or spirit; hence "little thing associated with well-being of the soul", corresponding roughly to "lucky charm". First attestation in English in 1871, Sanskritism replacing Greek term gammadion. From 1932 specifically referring to the emblem of the Nazi party; German Hakenkreuz.