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Definition of Sinister

Sinister

  1. On the left hand, or the side of the left hand; left; -- opposed to dexter, or right.
  2. Unlucky; inauspicious; disastrous; injurious; evil; -- the left being usually regarded as the unlucky side; as, sinister influences.
  3. Wrong, as springing from indirection or obliquity; perverse; dishonest; corrupt; as, sinister aims.
  4. Indicative of lurking evil or harm; boding covert danger; as, a sinister countenance.

Sinister Quotations

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.
William Blake

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Hermann Hesse

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.
D. H. Lawrence

Anything seen on TV is, in a subtle and sinister sense, thereby endorsed.
Dick Cavett

The trouble is now, with rock'n'roll and stuff, it gets so big that it loses what once upon a time was a magnificent thing, where it was special and quite elusive and occasionally a little sinister and it had its own world nobody could get in.
Robert Plant
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Sinister Translations

sinister in Italian is nefasto
sinister in Spanish is aciago, siniestro, tetrico
sinister in Swedish is ondskefull

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