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Definition 1: threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sinister or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for sinister in the sense of this definition

(sinister is similar to ...) frightening because of an awareness of danger

Definition 2: stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sinister or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for sinister in the sense of this definition

(sinister is similar to ...) morally bad or wrong

"evil purposes" "an evil influence" "evil deeds"

Definition 3: on or starting from the wearer's left - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sinister or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bar sinister

(sinister is similar to ...) of or on the left

"a sinistral gastropod shell with the apex upward has its opening on the left when facing the observer" "a sinistral flatfish lies with the left eye uppermost"

(sinister belongs to category ...) the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies

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