Siva

[see-vuh, shee-vuh]
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Siva

Shiva

noun
  1. Hinduism the destroyer, one of the three chief divinities of the later Hindu pantheon, the other two being Brahma and Vishnu. Siva is also the god presiding over personal destinies

Word Origin for Siva

from Sanskrit Śiva, literally: the auspicious (one)
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Word Origin and History for siva

Siva

n.

also Shiva, one of the three supreme gods of Hinduism, lord of destruction and reproduction, 1788, from Hindi Shiva, from Sanskrit Sivah, literally "propitious, gracious," from PIE *ki-wo-, from root *kei- "beloved, dear" (connected with Latin civis "citizen," literally "member of a household"), also "to lie, couch" (cf. cemetery). But by some this is said to be a euphemism. Related: Sivaism; Sivaistic.

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