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Meaning of SINISTER

Pronunciation:  'sinistur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  (heraldry) on or starting from the wearer's left; "bar sinister"
  3. [adj]  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

SINISTER is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: alarming, baleful, black, dark, evil, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinistral, threatening, ugly, wicked



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sin"is*ter\ (s[i^]n"[i^]s*t[~e]r; 277), a.

Note: [Accented on the middle syllable by the older poets, as
      Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden.] [L. sinister: cf. F.
1. On the left hand, or the side of the left hand; left; --
   opposed to {dexter}, or {right}. ``Here on his sinister
   cheek.'' --Shak.

         My mother's blood Runs on the dexter cheek, and this
         sinister Bounds in my father's        --Shak.

Note: In heraldy the sinister side of an escutcheon is the
      side which would be on the left of the bearer of the
      shield, and opposite the right hand of the beholder.

2. Unlucky; inauspicious; disastrous; injurious; evil; -- the
   left being usually regarded as the unlucky side; as,
   sinister influences.

         All the several ills that visit earth, Brought forth
         by night, with a sinister birth.      --B. Jonson.

3. Wrong, as springing from indirection or obliquity;
   perverse; dishonest; corrupt; as, sinister aims.

         Nimble and sinister tricks and shifts. --Bacon.

         He scorns to undermine another's interest by any
         sinister or inferior arts.            --South.

         He read in their looks . . . sinister intentions
         directed particularly toward himself. --Sir W.

4. Indicative of lurking evil or harm; boding covert danger;
   as, a sinister countenance.

{Bar sinister}. (Her.) See under {Bar}, n.

{Sinister aspect} (Astrol.), an appearance of two planets
   happening according to the succession of the signs, as
   Saturn in Aries, and Mars in the same degree of Gemini.

{Sinister base}, {Sinister chief}. See under {Escutcheon}.