bend sinister


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
click for a larger image
bend sinister

bend sinister

n. Heraldry
A band passing from the upper sinister corner of an escutcheon to the lower dexter corner.

bend sinister

n
(Heraldry) heraldry a diagonal line bisecting a shield from the top right to the bottom left, typically indicating a bastard line

bend′ sin′ister


n.
a diagonal band extending from the sinister chief to the dexter base on a heraldic shield.
[1615–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bend sinister - a mark of bastardybend 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

bend sinister

n (Her) → Schräglinksbalken m
References in periodicals archive ?
durance vile mother superior parts unknown fee simple heir apparent bend sinister court martial heir presumptive letter s patent sergeant major knight errant prince charming lady fair attorney general battle royal
They sound like they've been created by pulling disparate words out of a drunkard's hat - see Bend Sinister and Hex Enduction Hour for other such odd examples - but the dissonant noise groove on tracks like Transfusion display everything that made them faves of the late, great John Peel.
Knowing that the proof of the pudding--however cold it may be--is in the eating, I shall attempt to test certain Joyce-like paradigms on Lolita, Pale Fire, and Bend Sinister, where both the latent and the manifest influence of Finnegans Wake are perceptible.