Definitions for sinisterˈsɪn ə stər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sin•is•terˈsɪn 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.

    Category: Heraldry

    Ref: Compare dexter (def. 2). 2 2

Origin of sinister:

1375–1425; < L: on the left hand or side, hence unfavorable, injurious

sin′is•ter•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening(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. black, dark, sinister(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

  3. sinister(adj)

    on or starting from the wearer's left

    "bar sinister"

Wiktionary

  1. sinister(Adjective)

    Inauspicious, ominous, unlucky.

  2. sinister(Adjective)

    Evil, seeming to be evil.

  3. sinister(Adjective)

    Of the left side.

  4. sinister(Adjective)

    The left side of a shield from the wearer's standpoint, and the right side to the viewer.

  5. Origin: From sinistre, from sinistra, from sinestra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sinister(adj)

    on the left hand, or the side of the left hand; left; -- opposed to dexter, or right

  2. Sinister(adj)

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

  3. Sinister(adj)

    wrong, as springing from indirection or obliquity; perverse; dishonest; corrupt; as, sinister aims

  4. Sinister(adj)

    indicative of lurking evil or harm; boding covert danger; as, a sinister countenance

Freebase

  1. Sinister

    Sinister is a death metal band from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, assembled in 1988, disassembled in 2003, and reassembled in 2005. They have released ten albums, most recently The Carnage Ending in 2012.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

sinister(adjective)

suggesting, or warning of, evil

sinister happenings; His disappearance is extremely sinister.

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