- A cross with arms of equal length all bent halfway along at a 90Â° angle to the right or to the left, used as a religious symbol by various ancient and modern civilizations, and adopted more recently (with arms angled to the right) as a symbol of Nazism and fascism.
Etymology: From Sanskrit àààààààà (svastika). First attestation in English 1871 (from 1932 specifically referring to the emblem of the Nazi party, German Hakenkreuz).
- Dutch, swastika, hakenkruis
- French: svastika(fr)m
- German: Swastika(de)f, Hakenkreuz(de)n
- Italian: svastica
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