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noun

(also shivah)
Judaism
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After shiva, my wife went to shul every day to say Kaddish.’
    • ‘A death is followed by a mourning period of seven days, a process called sitting shiva, during which friends and relatives pay visits to the family of the deceased and bring food.’
    grief, grieving, sorrowing, lamentation, lament, keening, wailing, weeping

Pronunciation

shiva

/ˈSHēvə/ /ˈʃivə/ /ˈsēvə/ /ˈsivə/

Origin

From Hebrew šiḇ‘āh ‘seven’.

Main definitions of Shiva in English

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proper noun

(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

Pronunciation

Shiva

/ˈSHēvə/ /ˈʃivə/ /ˈsēvə/ /ˈsivə/

Origin

From Sanskrit Śiva, literally ‘the auspicious one’.