Swastika definition

swŏstĭ-kə
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
swastika
Plural:
swastikas

Origin of swastika

  • Sanskrit svastikaḥ sign of good luck, swastika from svasti well-being (e)su- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition