- 1Giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen: there was something sinister about that murmuring voiceMore example sentences
menacing, threatening, ominous, forbidding, baleful, frightening, eerie, alarming, disturbing, disquieting, dark, black, suggestive of evil, evil-looking; ill-omened, inauspicious, unpropitious, portentous; Scottish eldritch
- Bound in the flayed skin of 100 saints and penned with the blood of virgins, this sinister and forbidden occult text is an item of incredible power.
- Yet there are more sinister happenings afoot, as Count Dracula himself jumps into the mix, searching for a serum to make him invincible.
- Norrell's love of secrecy and Strange's attraction to the wilder edges of magic invoke dark and sinister happenings.
- 1.1Evil or criminal: there might be a more sinister motive behind the government’s actionsMore example sentences
- In many of his books, the heroes are noble trial lawyers while the villains are sinister corporations and the lawyers who agree to defend them.
- Instead it's a candid admission he once lived the furtive lifestyle of a sinister international beer villain.
- Judge Laity in England described the group as ‘corrupt, sinister and dangerous’.
- 2 [attributive] • archaic & Heraldry Of, on, or towards the left-hand side (in a coat of arms, from the bearer’s point of view, i.e. the right as it is depicted). The opposite of dexter1.More example sentences
- Each coat of arms has a right and left (i.e. dexter and sinister) heraldic side, as observed by the person carrying the shield.
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- He's dangerously ambitious, sinisterly ambitious.
- More sinisterly, they were - and remain - one of the chief means by which the party keeps an eye on China's citizens, ever watchful for signs of dissent or unrest.
- A look back at his work would reveal a persistent obsession with pain, suffering and the sinisterly hypnotic potential of martyrdom to provoke and inspire.
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- I found Tom McBeath's Iago a very comical one, but he lacked the sinisterness and maliciousness that comprises the other half of Iago's persona.
- In terms of sheer sinisterness, though, I think Herr Lipp and Papa Lazarou are hard to beat.
- Perhaps they thought a dose of sinisterness would give listeners something they could get a firm grip on, but for all the pent-up fantasies that fueled this record, Enemies doesn't rise to the occasion.
late Middle English (in the sense 'malicious, underhand'): from Old French sinistre or Latin sinister 'left'.