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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 ?
There is something sinister to a seaman in the very grouping of the letters which form this word, clear in its meaning, and seldom threatening in vain.
I say at once there are fewer difficulties in holding hereditary states, and those long accustomed to the family of their prince, than new ones; for it is sufficient only not to transgress the customs of his ancestors, and to deal prudently with circumstances as they arise, for a prince of average powers to maintain himself in his state, unless he be deprived of it by some extraordinary and excessive force; and if he should be so deprived of it, whenever anything sinister happens to the usurper, he will regain it.
The erect and majestic pose of the great frame shrank suddenly into a sinister crouch as, slowly and gently as one who treads on eggs, the devil-faced cat crept forward toward the girl.
In the light of Claire's insinuations what had seemed coincidences took on a more sinister character.
If a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle, which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote.
There was a shiftiness of his whole appearance that even found expression in the cat-like manner of his gait, and to it all a sinister suggestion was added by the long slim knife that always rested at his waist, slipped through the greasy cord that supported his soiled apron.
One was an old man whom I had not seen before; in the other three I recognized the workman-like footman, and the two sinister artisans whom I had met at the house-gate.
A few rays of light, a wan, sinister light, that seemed to have been stolen from an expiring luminary, fell through some opening or other upon an old tower that raised its pasteboard battlements on the stage; everything, in this deceptive light, adopted a fantastic shape.
The Grève had then that sinister aspect which it preserves to-day from the execrable ideas which it awakens, and from the sombre town hall of Dominique Bocador, which has replaced the Pillared House.
Age, about forty years; height, about five feet nine; black hair; complexion dark; generally, rather handsome visage; eyes dark, face thin, long, and sallow; nose aquiline, but not straight, having a peculiar inclination towards the left cheek; expression, therefore, sinister.
Lost in the crowd, miserable and undersized, he meditated confidently on his power, keeping his hand in the left pocket of his trousers, grasping lightly the india-rubber ball, the supreme guarantee of his sinister freedom; but after a while he became disagreeably affected by the sight of the roadway thronged with vehicles and of the pavement crowded with men and women.
A long scar ran across one cheek and drew the corner of his mouth up in a sinister curl.