What does Sinister mean?

Definitions for Sinister
ˈsɪn ə stərSin·is·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threateningadjective

    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, sinisteradjective

    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. sinisteradjective

    on or starting from the wearer's left

    "bar sinister"

Wiktionary

  1. sinisteradjective

    Inauspicious, ominous, unlucky.

    Etymology: From sinistre, from sinistra, from sinestra.

  2. sinisteradjective

    Evil, seeming to be evil.

    Etymology: From sinistre, from sinistra, from sinestra.

  3. sinisteradjective

    Of the left side.

    Etymology: From sinistre, from sinistra, from sinestra.

  4. sinisteradjective

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

    Etymology: From sinistre, from sinistra, from sinestra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sinisteradjective

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

    Etymology: [L. sinister: cf. F. sinistre.]

  2. Sinisteradjective

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

    Etymology: [L. sinister: cf. F. sinistre.]

  3. Sinisteradjective

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

    Etymology: [L. sinister: cf. F. sinistre.]

  4. Sinisteradjective

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

    Etymology: [L. sinister: cf. F. sinistre.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sinister

    sin′is-tėr, adj. left: on the left hand: evil: unfair: dishonest: unlucky: inauspicious, malign.—adj. Sin′ister-hand′ed, left-handed.—advs. Sin′isterly; Sinis′tra (mus.), with the left hand; Sin′istrad, towards the left.—adj. Sin′istral, belonging or inclining to the left: reversed.—n. Sinistral′ity.—adv. Sin′istrally.—n. Sinistrā′tion, a turning to the left.—adj. Sin′istrous, on the left side: wrong: absurd: perverse.—adv. Sin′istrously. [L.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sinister

    In heraldry, the left-hand side of a shield. As shields are supposed to be carried in front of the person, the sinister side is that which covers the bearer’s left side, and therefore, lies to the spectator’s right. See Points of the Escutcheon.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sinister in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sinister in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Sinister in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    Fear can lead us to lash out against those who are different or lead us to try to get some sinister 'other' under control, alternatively, fear can lead us to succumb to despair or paralysis or cynicism.

  2. Bill Clinton:

    I don't think there's anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up.

  3. Lot Chakonza:

    Make man believe he is doing the right thing, with enough convincing powers, by any means so appropriate, then man, this being that was made superior by God, may do the most sinister thing,both imaginable and in real time

  4. Nicholas Alahverdian:

    A conspiracy, in short, is based on small groups with inherently competing interests. At some point in the evolution of the competition between two or more groups (and in some cases, within subversive groups), there are rumors or allegations made of sinister behavior or a secretive plot developed by the members or the leadership of the groups. Occasionally, the groups will have diametrically opposed goals and this leads to further subversion.

  5. Audrey Strauss:

    She was far more sinister than just a bit odd.

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