sinister


sinister
sinisterly, adv.sinisterness, n.
/sin"euh steuhr/, adj.
1. threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous: a sinister remark.
2. bad, evil, base, or wicked; fell: his sinister purposes.
3. unfortunate; disastrous; unfavorable: a sinister accident.
4. of or on the left side; left.
5. Heraldry. noting the side of an escutcheon or achievement of arms that is to the left of the bearer (opposed to dexter).
[1375-1425; late ME < L: on the left hand or side, hence unfavorable, injurious]
Syn. 1. inauspicious, portentous. 3. unlucky.
Ant. 1. benign. 3. favorable.

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