bar sinister


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bar sinister

n.
1. A heraldic bend or baton sinister, held to signify bastardy. Not in technical use.
2. A hint or proof of illegitimate birth.

bar sinister

n
1. (Heraldry) (not in heraldic usage) another name for bend sinister
2. the condition, implication, or stigma of being of illegitimate birth

bar′ sin′ister


n.
1. a putative heraldic charge presumed to indicate illegitimate birth.
2. the condition or stigma of illegitimate birth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bar sinister - the status of being born to parents who were not married
status, position - the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society; "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"
2.bar sinister - a mark of bastardybar sinister - a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
ordinary - (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
stigma, stain, brand, mark - a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
Translations

bar sinister

n (Her) → Bastardfaden m
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I couldn't have enjoyed such a thing with my notions; and it wouldn't have been fair, anyway, because as far back as I could go, our tribe had always been short of the bar sinister.
I bedewed his grave with my tears, worked a bar sinister on his family escutcheon, and, for the general expenses of his funeral, sent in my very moderate bill to the transcendentalists.
If Europe ever becomes a grand council of free nations,--as I trust in God it will,--if, there, serfdom, and all unjust and oppressive social inequalities, are done away; and if they, as France and England have done, acknowledge our position,--then, in the great congress of nations, we will make our appeal, and present the cause of our enslaved and suffering race; and it cannot be that free, enlightened America will not then desire to wipe from her escutcheon that bar sinister which disgraces her among nations, and is as truly a curse to her as to the enslaved.