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[shee-vuh] /ˈʃi və/
noun, Hinduism.
“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 Unabridged
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  • You should therefore obey them, and you should honour the king as if he were Shiva himself.

    Deccan Nursery Tales Charles Augustus Kincaid
  • They say, indeed, it is not built on the earth, but on a point of Shiva's trident.

  • You will accompany us,” he said, “and the rajah will show you Shiva's great bow, which neither god nor man can break.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • And there also you will see a very uncommon thing—an image of Shiva.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • But every Monday you used to fast, and whatever grain you begged that day you used to cook and offer to the god Shiva.

    Deccan Nursery Tales Charles Augustus Kincaid
British Dictionary definitions for Shiva


/ˈʃiːvə; ˈʃɪvə/
a variant spelling of Siva
Derived Forms
Shivaism, noun
Shivaist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Shiva



see shivah or siva.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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