or Sak·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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shakti

Contemporary Examples of shakti

  • In the Tantric model, it's Shakti who brings healing and enlightenment to the god Shiva, just as Neytiri does with Jake.

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    The Tantric Sex in Avatar

    Asra Q. Nomani

    March 4, 2010

Historical Examples of shakti

  • 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.


    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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper