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, 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

  5. Origin: [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.]

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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. Hermann Hesse:

    People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

  2. Dan Jensen:

    There's nothing sinister about this, it was not done in the dark of night, not done in secret.

  3. 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.

  4. Linda Barto:

    He has been lying to me about everything for all of the 52 years I have known him. ... He spent his whole sinister life lying and sneaking around, so he could carry on his abuse uninterrupted.

  5. 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.

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