Definition of sinister in English:
- 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.
- 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’.
- Each coat of arms has a right and left (i.e. dexter and sinister) heraldic side, as observed by the person carrying the shield.
In Latin sinister meant ‘left’ or ‘left-hand’, but apart from terms in heraldry such as bend sinister, a broad diagonal stripe from top right to bottom left of a shield which is a supposed sign of illegitimacy, sinister in English has never meant the physical left-hand side. Instead it reflects deep-rooted prejudices against left-handedness, which had associations of evil, malice, or dishonesty. See also ambidextrous, dexterous
- Example sentences
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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.
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