• WordNet 3.6
    • n swastika the official emblem of the Nazi Party and the Third Reich; a cross with the arms bent at right angles in a clockwise direction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Between 1937 and 1945 Heinz produced a version of Alphabetti Spaghetti especially for the German market that consisted solely of little pasta swastikas.
    • n Swastika A symbol or ornament in the form of a Greek cross with the ends of the arms at right angles all in the same direction, and each prolonged to the height of the parallel arm of the cross. A great many modified forms exist, ogee and volute as well as rectilinear, while various decorative designs, as Greek fret or meander, are derived from or closely associated with it. The swastika is found in remains from the Bronze Age in various parts of Europe, esp. at Hissarlik (Troy), and was in frequent use as late as the 10th century. It is found in ancient Persia, in India, where both Jains and Buddhists used (or still use) it as religious symbol, in China and Japan, and among Indian tribes of North, Central, and South America. It is usually thought to be a charm, talisman, or religious token, esp. a sign of good luck or benediction. Max MüLler distinguished from the swastika, with arms prolonged to the right, the suavastika, with arms prolonged to the left, but this distinction is not commonly recognized. Other names for the swastika are fylfot and gammadion.The swastika with arms bent to the right came to be used used as a symbol of Aryan supremacy by the Nazi party in Germany, 1933 - 1945; hence, it is now associated in the United States and European countries with Nazism or antisemitism. It is sometimes used by neo-nazis, or by antisemites as an antisemitic symbol.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The swastika was origionaly a symbol of peace and honor and is still used by Buddhists today.
    • n swastika Same as fylfot. Compare crux ansata (under crux), and gammadion.
    • n swastika In the swastika proper the angles open to the right. In India, where the swastika has been most commonly used, and has been especially appropriated by several Buddhist sects, it is the symbol of general well-being, and may be applied to the sources of well-being, as the sun, the female generative principle, and fire. Its resemblance to certain primitive machines used to create fire make it probable that this is the origin of the symbol. The swastika is found in Tibet, China, Japan, and wherever Buddhism has gone in the Orient. It is found infrequently, if at all, in the remains of ancient Egypt, Chaldea, or Assyria. It is found through-out Europe from the earliest times until about the middle of the medieval period, possibly brought in by the Aryan migrations. In England and Scandinavia it takes the name ‘fylfot’ and in France, ‘gammadion.’ The use of the swastika was common during Mycenæan civilization in Greece, vast numbers having been found by Schliemann in the excavations at Hissarlik (the sup-posed site of ancient Troy). The appearance of the swastika among the aboriginal tribes of America strengthens the theory of their Asiatic origin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Swastika swäs′ti-ka the same as Fylfot (q.v.)
    • Swastika Also Svas′tika and Gammadion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. svastika, fr. svasti, walfare; su, well + asti, being


In literature:

I thought it being the swastika would be appropriate for your swastika.
"The Americanization of Edward Bok" by Edward William Bok
Did you notice the little Show medallions with the swastika?
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
And, with the single exception of the swastika, it is the design most universally known to man.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
One might almost say there is a curious affinity between the Greek cross and Swastika!
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
My swastika isn't worth its salt.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
Akin to the Swastika, if not an evolution from it, was the Cross, made forever holy by the highest heroism of Love.
"The Builders" by Joseph Fort Newton
What a blessing Mrs. Swastika kept a good fire to-day.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
Wherever it is found the swastika is supposed to be an amulet to confer "good luck" and long life.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Uniformed storm troopers with the swastika on their arm bands patrolled the room.
"Secret Armies" by John L. Spivak
Otherwise swastikas and lotus flowers serve as ornaments.
"The Buddha" by Paul Carus

In news:

When The Boston Braves Wore Swastikas .
A swastika on the banner of an airplane startled beach-goers in New York and surrounding states.
The banner included the word swastika and a swastika intertwined with a Star of David, the symbol of the Raelian movement.
Last month a banner full of swastikas was flown over Venice Beach.
We'll ensure the swastika 's demise.
It's troubling to think that the swastika is making its way from the Valley to the Westside, especially in LA traffic.
Madonna Projects Swastika on French Politician Marine Le Pen's Face During Concert (Video).
JACKSON, MI — Graffiti, including a swastika , was found on the outside walls of Temple Beth Israel.
"From Swastika to Jim Crow" a Documentary.
PARIS (AP) — France's far-right National Front said Sunday that it plans to sue Madonna after the singer showed a video at a Paris concert that contained an image of the party's leader with a swastika on her forehead.
Raelians, the UFO cult that tried to convince the media they cloned a human in 2002, spent the weekend attempting to cleanse the swastika of Hitler's sins.
Swastika case another race issue for NM town.
A swastika appeared sometime before Wednesday morning on a metal door frame at 69-38 Grand Avenue.
A swastika was painted on the sign of this Hispanic church in Robbins.
Another swastika appeared at a Moore County church, this one painted on a church sign in Robbins similar to one on the Shiloh Tabernacle church sign in Carthage.