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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪvə/
(also shivah)

noun

[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.

Origin

From Hebrew šiḇ‘āh 'seven'.

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Shiva 2 Line breaks: Shiva
Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvə/
/ˈʃɪvə/
(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

Origin

From Sanskrit Śiva, literally 'the auspicious one'.

Derivatives

Shivaism

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvəɪz(ə)m/
noun

Shivaite

2
Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvəʌɪt/
noun& adjective

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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