from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism The active manifest power that creates the universe.
- n. Hinduism The consort of the male expression of the divine, especially of the god Shiva.
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- proper n. Meaning sacred force, power or energy, it represents the Hindu concept or personification of the divine feminine aspect, sometimes referred to as 'The Divine Mother'. Shakti represents the active, dynamic principles of feminine power. In Shaktism, Shakti is worshiped as the Supreme Being. However, in other Hindu traditions, Shakti embodies the active energy and power of male deities (Purushas), such as Vishnu in Vaishnavism or Shiva in Shaivism
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- n. the female or generative principle; wife of Siva and a benevolent form of Devi
Sanskrit śaktiḥ, from śaknoti, he is strong.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit शक्ति (śákti, "power, energy"). (Wiktionary)