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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
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