What does sinister mean?

Definitions for sinister
ˈsɪn ə stərsin·is·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sinister.

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.

    Etymology: From sinistre, from sinistra, from sinestra.

  2. sinister(Adjective)

    Evil, seeming to be evil.

    Etymology: From sinistre, from sinistra, from sinestra.

  3. sinister(Adjective)

    Of the left side.

    Etymology: From sinistre, from sinistra, from sinestra.

  4. sinister(Adjective)

    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. Sinister(adj)

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

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

  2. Sinister(adj)

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

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

  3. Sinister(adj)

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

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

  4. Sinister(adj)

    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.

Suggested Resources

  1. sinister

    Song lyrics by sinister -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by sinister on the Lyrics.com website.

How to pronounce sinister?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say sinister in sign language?

  1. sinister

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. Judy Norton:

    My character Tara is a painter, a longer, an introvert, and then she starts experiencing concerning and disturbing phenomenon in her world… And she doesn’t know if she’s literally going crazy because her mother has, or if someone is stalking or manipulating her for some unknown, sinister reason… There was a lot of acting and emotional demands to it. And she’s also different from other characters I typically played. But I wanted that challenge to stretch myself outside of my comfort zone.

  3. David Gergen:

    This is wide in scope. It's almost every big decision that's coming through the Justice Department now has to be sent through the The White House and checked out with the president and then do the President's bidding. We've never -- we didn't see that in Watergate, this is why this is more sinister.

  4. Mohammed VI:

    I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. They are ready to wreak chaos and death, history sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of sinister

  1. sinistersinistersinistersinistersinister

Popularity rank by frequency of use

sinister#10000#19559#100000

Translations for sinister

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for sinister »

Translation

Find a translation for the sinister definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these sinister definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"sinister." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 4 Aug. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/sinister>.

Are we missing a good definition for sinister? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for sinister:


Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.