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sin·is·ter

 (sĭn′ĭ-stər)
adj.
1.
a. Suggesting or threatening harm or evil: a sinister smile.
b. Causing or intending harm or evil; wicked: a sinister conspiracy.
2.
a. Portending misfortune or disaster; ominous: sinister storm clouds.
b. Attended by or causing misfortune or disaster: "The day has passed without any sinister accident" (John Quincy Adams).
3.
a. Archaic On the left side; left.
b. Heraldry Situated on or being the side of a shield on the wearer's left and the observer's right.

[Middle English sinistre, unfavorable, from Old French, from Latin sinister, on the left, unlucky.]

sin′is·ter·ly adv.
sin′is·ter·ness n.

sinister

(ˈsɪnɪstə)
adj
1. threatening or suggesting evil or harm; ominous: a sinister glance.
2. evil or treacherous, esp in a mysterious way
3. (Heraldry) (usually postpositive) heraldry of, on, or starting from the left side from the bearer's point of view and therefore on the spectator's right
4. archaic located on the left side
5. archaic (of signs, omens, etc) unfavourable
[C15: from Latin sinister on the left-hand side, considered by Roman augurs to be the unlucky one]
ˈsinisterly adv
ˈsinisterness n

sin•is•ter

(ˈsɪn ə stər)

adj.
1. threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous: a sinister glance.
2. evil or malevolent; base: sinister purposes.
3. unfortunate; disastrous; unfavorable.
4. of or on the left side; left.
5. being or pertaining to the side of a heraldic shield to the left of the bearer. Compare dexter (def. 2).
[1375–1425; < Latin: on the left hand or side, hence unfavorable, injurious]
sin′is•ter•ly, adv.
sin′is•ter•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sinister - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developmentssinister - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
2.sinister - stemming from evil characteristics or forcessinister - stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
3.sinister - on or starting from the wearer's left; "bar sinister"
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
sinistral - of or on the left; "a sinistral gastropod shell with the apex upward has its opening on the left when facing the observer"; "a sinistral flatfish lies with the left eye uppermost"

sinister

sinister

adjective
Strongly suggestive of great harm, menace, or evil:
Translations
مَشْئُوممَنْحوس، مَشْؤوم
zlověstný
ildevarslende
pahaenteinenuhkaavavasemmanpuolinenpaha
zloslutan
skuggalegur
不吉な
불길한
ļauns
sinistru
ödesdiger
ชั่วร้าย
uğursuzhayra alâmet olmayan
nham hiểm

sinister

[ˈsɪnɪstəʳ] ADJsiniestro
a sinister-looking manun hombre de apariencia siniestra

sinister

[ˈsɪnɪstər] adjsinistre

sinister

adj
unheimlich; person, night, schemefinster, unheimlich; music, lookdüster; fateböse; forcesdunkel; development, motivesunheilvoll; a sinister organizationeine in dunkle Machenschaften verwickelte Organisation
(Her) → linke(r, s)

sinister

[ˈsɪnɪstəʳ] adjsinistro/a

sinister

(ˈsinistə) adjective
suggesting, or warning of, evil. sinister happenings; His disappearance is extremely sinister.

sinister

مَشْئُوم zlověstný ildevarslende unheimlich κακόβουλος siniestro pahaenteinen sinistre zloslutan sinistro 不吉な 불길한 sinister truende złowieszczy sinistro зловещий ödesdiger ชั่วร้าย uğursuz nham hiểm 险恶的
References in classic literature ?
A long scar ran across one cheek and drew the corner of his mouth up in a sinister curl.
This was a sinister reflection which she cherished.
When the eyes of Heyward first met those of his recent guide, he turned them away in horror at the sinister though calm look he encountered.
What they gave me above all was just the sinister figure of the living man-- the dead one would keep awhile
I looked through the key-hole; but the door opening into an odd corner of the room, the key-hole prospect was but a crooked and sinister one.
All of these were sinister incidents; but they were trifles compared to what Jurgis saw with his own eyes before long.
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.
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.
He tried turning his back, but that was a failure; he knew the sinister eyes were on him still.
He waited yet one, two, three moments, to let his pause complete and perfect its spell upon the house; then, when through the profound hush he could hear the ticking of the clock on the wall, he put out his hand and took the Indian knife by the blade and held it aloft where all could see the sinister spots upon its ivory handle; then he said, in a level and passionless voice:
And as for the vague something--was it a sinister or a sorrowful, a designing or a desponding expression?
He cast a sinister look at the little flame which I had enticed to play between the ribs, swept the cat from its elevation, and bestowing himself in the vacancy, commenced the operation of stuffing a three-inch pipe with tobacco.