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Meaning & Definition of Sinister in English

English

Sinister

/sɪnɪstər/

adjective

1. Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

  • "A baleful look"
  • "Forbidding thunderclouds"
  • "His tone became menacing"
  • "Ominous rumblings of discontent"
  • "Sinister storm clouds"
  • "A sinister smile"
  • "His threatening behavior"
  • "Ugly black clouds"
  • "The situation became ugly"
    synonym:
  • baleful
  • ,
  • forbidding
  • ,
  • menacing
  • ,
  • minacious
  • ,
  • minatory
  • ,
  • ominous
  • ,
  • sinister
  • ,
  • threatening

2. Stemming from evil characteristics or forces

  • Wicked or dishonorable
  • "Black deeds"
  • "A black lie"
  • "His black heart has concocted yet another black deed"
  • "Darth vader of the dark side"
  • "A dark purpose"
  • "Dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"
  • "The scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-thomas hardy
    synonym:
  • black
  • ,
  • dark
  • ,
  • sinister

3. On or starting from the wearer's left

  • "Bar sinister"
    synonym:
  • sinister