- a figure used as a symbol or an ornament in the Old World and in America since prehistoric times, consisting of a cross with arms of equal length, each arm having a continuation at right angles.
- this figure as the official emblem of the Nazi party and the Third Reich.
Origin of swastika
Examples from the Web for swastika
I personally prefer the Ukrainian official flag, and the emblem of Lviv—a kind looking lion—to a Swastika.Why Are Swastikas Hot In West Ukraine?
October 17, 2014
Madonna's Swastika Kerfuffle: Madonna has now entered the political sphere -- and unfortunately not in the vein of Hilary Clinton.Diane von Furstenberg Bests Wintour on Forbes List; Madonna's Swastika Kerfuffle
The Daily Beast
August 23, 2012
It is also called Gammadium, and more commonly known as Swastika.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
In the opinion of Dr. March all these are represented or symbolized by the Swastika.
The Greek fret has only to be doubled, when it produces the Swastika shown in fig. 26.
Thus we have, according to him, the origin of the Swastika, as shown in figs. 27 and 28.
Professor Goodyear devotes an entire chapter to the Swastika.
- a primitive religious symbol or ornament in the shape of a Greek cross, usually having the ends of the arms bent at right angles in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction
- this symbol with clockwise arms, officially adopted in 1935 as the emblem of Nazi Germany
Word Origin and History for swastika
Greek cross with arms bent at right angles, 1871 (later specifically as emblem of the Nazi party, 1932), from Sanskrit svastika-s, literally "being fortunate," from svasti-s "well-being, luck," from su- "well" + as-, root of asti "(he) is," which is from the same PIE root as Latin esse "to be" (see essence).
Also known as gammadion (Byzantine), cross cramponnee (heraldry), Thor's hammer, and, perhaps, fylfot. Originally an ancient cosmic or religious symbol thought to bring good luck. Use in reference to the Nazi emblem first recorded in English in 1932. The German word was Hakenkreuz, literally "hook-cross."