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Shiva

[shee-vuh] /ˈʃi və/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
“the Destroyer,” the third member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Preserver.
Also, Siva.
Origin of Shiva
< Sanskrit: literally, the auspicious
Related forms
Shivaism, noun
Shivaist, noun
Shivaistic, adjective
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Shiva

/ˈʃiːvə; ˈʃɪvə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of Siva
Derived Forms
Shivaism, noun
Shivaist, noun, adjective

Siva

/ˈsiːvə; ˈsɪvə/
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
from Sanskrit Śiva, literally: the auspicious (one)
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shiva

n.

see shivah or siva.

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