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Definitions of sinister

  1. 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. 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. ( heraldry) on or starting from the wearer's left; " bar sinister"
  4. on or starting from the wearer's left; " bar sinister"
  5. Wrong, as springing from indirection or obliquity; perverse; dishonest; corrupt; as, sinister aims.
  6. Indicative of lurking evil or harm; boding covert danger; as, a sinister countenance.
  7. On the left hand, or the side of the left hand; left; - opposed to dexter, or right.
  8. Unlucky; inauspicious; disastrous; injurious; evil; - the left being usually regarded as the unlucky side; as, sinister influences.
  9. On the left hand; hence, unlucky; evil; corrupt; dishonest; as, sinister intentions.
  10. 1. Left. 2. Of evil import, of bad prognosis.
  11. Pertaining to parts on the left.
  12. Left: on the left hand: evil: unfair: dishonest: unlucky: inauspicious.
  13. Left; on the left hand; evil; unfair; unlucky.
  14. Situated on the left; ill- omened; inauspicious; evil.
  15. On the left hand; evil; dishonest; unlucky; inauspicious.
  16. On the left; evil; corrupt; dishonest; inauspicious; in her., denoting the left side of the escutcheon.
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Quotes of sinister

  1. When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend. – William Blake
  2. While I was writing Wild Swans I thought the famine was the result of economic mismanagement but during the research I realised that it was something more sinister – Jung Chang
  3. I moved further and further away from mass entertainment. The sexual element became increasingly sinister and bizarre. Don't blame me! The bastards drove me to it! They all backed off after that! – Robert Crumb
  4. But I think Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang really got that thing where, if a movie reads really funny and then has some dramatic or violent or sinister stuff in it, you can't forget that primarily it has to be even funnier than you read it or that other stuff doesn't work. – Robert Downey, Jr.
  5. I write in that space between Ella's childhood and mine. I know it all sounds a bit sinister – Carol Ann Duffy
  6. The most sinister aspect of Jack is his detachment, his ability to distance himself from his feelings. – Victor Garber
  7. It's cool to play a sinister bad guy who also has a human side. – Lukas Haas
  8. People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. – Hermann Hesse
  9. It is an interesting fact that during my tour I was never allowed access to computers, radios, or anything else that I might damage through curiosity, or perhaps something more sinister – Robert B. Laughlin
  10. It is quite true, as some poets said, that the God who created man must have had a sinister sense of humor, creating him a reasonable being, yet forcing him to take this ridiculous posture, and driving him with blind craving for this ridiculous performance. – David Herbert Lawrence

Usage examples for sinister

  1. Suddenly a remembrance flashed across him of the sinister face of the water as it had first looked up at him through the trees. – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  2. The incidents recorded reveal, however, a most sinister character. – The Makers and Teachers of Judaism by Charles Foster Kent
  3. Nature is sometimes extremely arbitrary, and never did she show herself more so than in insisting that Mr Jolliffe should have the most sinister expression of countenance that ever had been looked upon. – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat
  4. The young Englishman, invited to a game that he had never yet played, felt in it something sinister and bewildering. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. His nerves also were shaken by the news which he had just heard; but even as he spoke he saw that the sound which seemed so strange, so- so sinister was caused by a tall figure only now coming out of the shadows away across the Market Place. – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  6. But at the beginning of February a sinister change came over the French camp. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  7. The darkness into which I stared seemed suddenly to grow threatening and sinister full of vague terrors. – The Gloved Hand by Burton E. Stevenson
  8. The danger, however, is more apparent than real, and nothing has ever happened to justify the sinister name. – Among the Canadian Alps by Lawrence J. Burpee
  9. It seemed rather sinister – The Brightener by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  10. Startled out of sleep by some inner torture, the man heard the sinister rattle he knew so well, and gazed paralysed. – Northern Lights, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  11. And there was a sinister threat in them too which seemed to say: 'Require nothing of her that I do not approve of, or you will be turned into stone on the spot. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. Dubois smiled his sinister smile. – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  13. It is obvious that her presence at the inn, and especially in the bedroom, on this occasion and in these strange, secret circumstances, has a rather sinister look; but yet I do not see in what way she could have been connected with the tragedy. – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  14. She had not come there with any sinister design of winning, by force as it were, a place in Sidney Hinchford's heart; she had never dreamed for an instant- she did not dream then! – Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 3 of 3) by Frederick William Robinson
  15. The wall of the V. A green rose dark and sinister – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  16. He must follow the slender, sinister figure into dark places not knowing. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  17. Or why was it that that name seemed to him sinister – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  18. If there is any truth in Montgomery's statement it can only have the most sinister significance, for I don't need to tell you that some powerful motive must be back of Gilmore's activity. – The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  19. The man, as he revealed himself, had become at once more sinister and more fascinating. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  20. " His Majesty commands," commented Jim, reading the sinister gesture as clearly as Denny had. – The Raid on the Termites by Paul Ernst
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