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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪvə/
(also shivah)


[mass noun] Judaism
A period of seven days' formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral: Jews sit shiva for those who die
More example sentences
  • 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 šiḇ‘āh 'seven'.

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Shiva 2 Line breaks: Shiva
Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvə/
(also Sivaˈsiːvəˈʃiːvə) Hinduism
Image of Shiva
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 worshipped in many aspects: as destroyer, ascetic, lord of the cosmic dance, and lord of beasts, and through the symbolic lingam. His wife is Parvati


Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvəɪz(ə)m/
Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvəʌɪt/
noun& adjective


From Sanskrit Śiva, literally 'the auspicious one'.

Words that rhyme with Shiva

achiever, believer, cleaver, deceiver, diva, Eva, fever, Geneva, griever, heaver, leaver, lever, Neva, perceiver, receiver, reiver, reliever, retriever, underachiever, viva, weaver, weever
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