There are 2 definitions of shiva in English:


Syllabification: shi·va
Pronunciation: /ˈSHivə
(also shivah)


A period of seven days' formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral: she went to her sister’s funeral and sat shiva
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  • Upon hearing the news, the families began sitting shiva, the Jewish mourning ritual.
  • The shiva was the worst period, the shloshim was very hard, and this stage is bad.
  • My husband and I immediately decided to invite her to sit shiva in our home.


from Hebrew šiḇʿāh 'seven'.

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There are 2 definitions of shiva in English:


Syllabification: Shi·va
Pronunciation: /ˈSHēvə
(also Siva)
(In Indian religion) a god associated with the powers of reproduction and dissolution.

Shiva is regarded by some as the supreme being and by others as forming a triad with Brahma and Vishnu. He is worshiped in many aspects: as destroyer, ascetic, lord of the cosmic dance, and lord of beasts, and through the symbolic lingam. His wife is Parvati


from Sanskrit Śiva, literally 'the auspicious one'.

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