Definition of bend sinister in English:

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bend sinister

noun

Heraldry
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A broad diagonal stripe from top right to bottom left of a shield (a supposed sign of bastardy).
Example sentences
  • Having the shield set per bend sinister means there's a bastard somewhere back up the line.
  • The other problem, of course, is placing a blue bend sinister on a field divided half blue and half yellow.
  • The diminutives of the bend sinister are the scarp, which is half its width; and the baton, half as wide as the scarp and couped.
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