There are 2 main definitions of shiva in English:


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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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There are 2 main definitions of shiva in English:


Line breaks: Shiva
Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvə
, ˈʃɪvə/
(also Siva /ˈsiːvə, ˈʃiːvə/) Hinduism
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


from Sanskrit Śiva, literally 'the auspicious one'.



Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvəɪz(ə)m/


Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːvəʌɪt/
noun& adjective

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