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or Sakti

[shuhk-tee] /ˈʃʌk ti/
noun, Hinduism.
the female principle or organ of generative power.
the wife of a deity, especially of Shiva.
Compare Divine Mother.
Origin of Shakti
From the Sanskrit word śakti Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is why, in India, woman has been described as the symbol of Shakti, the creative power.

    Creative Unity Rabindranath Tagore
  • It has been said by one: beware the left, the cult of Shakti.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • In some cases a single female personating the Shakti is to be procured.

    Phallic Miscellanies Hargrave Jennings
  • Such is the preliminary called the purification of the Shakti.

    Phallic Miscellanies Hargrave Jennings
  • The Great God thus addresses Shakti, when he asks her to describe the duties of women.

British Dictionary definitions for Shakti


a variant of Sakti
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Word Origin and History for Shakti

from Sanskrit saknoti "is able, is strong," from PIE root *kak- "to enable, help."

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