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.

    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.

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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. 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.

  2. Said Boumedouha:

    The international image the authorities have attempted to project of the country as a progressive reformist state committed to human rights masks a far more sinister truth, four years on from the uprising, repression is widespread and rampant abuses by the security forces continue.

  3. 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.

  4. Dan Jensen:

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

  5. Peter Pitts:

    The FDA action, which appears to try and make those programs look unsafe and sinister, seem to have a political and public relations purpose, one that is perfectly allied with the lobbying agenda of drug companies.

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