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also shiv·ah or shib·ah  (shĭv′ə)
n. Judaism
A seven-day period of formal mourning observed after the funeral of a close relative.

[Yiddish shive, from Hebrew šib'â, seven; see šbʕ in Semitic roots.]


 (shē′və) also Si·va (shē′və, sē′-)
n. Hinduism
One of the principal Hindu deities, worshiped as the destroyer and restorer of worlds and in numerous other forms. Shiva is often conceived as a member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma and Vishnu.

[Sanskrit śivaḥ, from śiva-, auspicious, dear; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]

Shi′va·ism, Si′va·ism n.
Shi′va·ist, Si′va·ist n.


(ˈʃivɑ; ˈʃivə) or


1. (Judaism) the period of formal mourning lasting seven days from the funeral during which the mourner stays indoors and sits on a low stool
2. (Judaism) sit shivah to mourn
[from Hebrew, literally: seven (days)]


or shi•bah

(ˈʃɪv ə)

n. Judaism.
a mourning period of seven days observed after the funeral of a close relative.
[< Hebrew shibh‘āh literally, seven]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shivah - (Judaism) a period of seven days of mourning after the death of close relative; "the family is sitting shiva"
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
hebdomad, week - any period of seven consecutive days; "it rained for a week"
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