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. Dan Jensen:

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

  2. Octavio Paz:

    The North American system only wants to consider the positive aspects of reality. Men and women are subjected from childhood to an inexorable process of adaptation; certain principles, contained in brief formulas are endlessly repeated by the Press, the radio, the churches, and the schools, and by those kindly, sinister beings, the North American mothers and wives. A person imprisoned by these schemes is like a plant in a flowerpot too small for it: he cannot grow or mature.

  3. The Chinese foreign ministry:

    This so-called legislation will only strengthen the resolve of the Chinese people, including the Hong Kong people, and raise awareness of the sinister intentions and hegemonic nature of the U.S., the U.S. plot is doomed.

  4. Hermann Hesse:

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

  5. Judy Norton:

    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. i guess at my core, I’m an artist.

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