An ancient Indo-European symbol of Hindu origin in the form of a twisted cross or sunwheel that was adopted by the Nazi Party as its logo in the 1920s. The swastika was an important symbol in the heathen religion of the pre-Christian Germanic people. The arms of the sunwheel in antiquity turned toward the left and represented the spiritual realm. The Nazi swastika turned to the right, symbolizing the material world. The logo was also used by the Thule Society, which helped to finance the Nazis in their early years.

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  • Swastika — Swas ti*ka, Swastica Swas ti*ca, n. [Also {suastica}, {svastika}, etc.] [Skr. svastika, fr. svasti walfare; su well + asti being.] A symbol or ornament in the form of a Greek cross with the ends of the arms at right angles all in the same… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swastĭka — (sanskr., Hakenkreuz), s. Kreuz, S. 645 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • swastika — → esvástica …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • swastika — Greek cross with arms bent at right angles, 1871 (later specifically as emblem of the Nazi party, 1932), from Skt. svastika s, lit. being fortunate, from svasti s well being, luck, from su well + as , root of asti (he) is, from root of L. esse to …   Etymology dictionary

  • swastika — ► NOUN ▪ an ancient symbol in the form of an equal armed cross with each arm continued at a right angle, used (in clockwise form) as the emblem of the German Nazi party. ORIGIN from a Sanskrit word meaning well being …   English terms dictionary

  • swastika — [swäs′ti kə] n. [Sans svastika < svasti, well being, benediction < su, well (< IE base * su , var. of * swe , *sewe : see SUICIDE) + asti, he is: for IE base see IS1] 1. a design or ornament of ancient origin in the form of a cross with… …   English World dictionary

  • Swastika — This article is about the symbol. For the town, see Swastika, Ontario. The counter clock swastika to evoke shakti in the decorative Hindu form …   Wikipedia

  • Swastika — Hinduistisch indische Darstellung Eine Swastika (Sanskrit m. स्वस्तिक svastika „Glücksbringer“) ist ein Kreuzsymbol mit abgewinkelten oder gebogenen Armen. Solche Symbole sind in zahlreichen Formen seit etwa 6000 Jahren in Europa und Asien,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • swastika — swastikaed, adj. /swos ti keuh/ or, esp. Brit., /swas /, n. 1. 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… …   Universalium

  • swastika — svastika ou swastika [ svastika ] n. m. • 1828; mot sanskr. « de bon augure », de svasti « salut » ♦ Symbole sacré de l Inde, en forme de croix à branches coudées. Le svastika à branches orientées vers la droite, emblème du parti nazi (cf. Croix… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Swastika — Svastika Svastika Le svastika (parfois appelé par abus de langage la svastika au lieu de la croix en forme de svastika) 卐 ou 卍 tel qu on le représente la plupart du temps, est un symbole religieux que l on retrouve de l Europe à l Océanie,… …   Wikipédia en Français

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