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1. sinister

adjective. ['ˈsɪnɪstɝ'] threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.

Synonyms

  • minacious
  • menacing
  • threatening
  • alarming
  • forbidding
  • ominous
  • baleful

Antonyms

  • clear
  • pleasant
  • propitious
  • beneficent

Etymology

  • sinistre (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sinistra (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Sinister

  • minister

Example sentences of the word sinister


1. Noun, singular or mass
Ocular dexter or OD refers to the right eye and ocular sinister or OS refers to the left eye.

2. Adverb
Here the crouching phones seem sinister, as if they are waiting to attack.

3. Adjective
But there's something especially sinister about that same thief magically stealing your card number without even touching you.

Quotes containing the word sinister


1. It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.
- Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us

2. 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

3. My soul is a black maelstrom, a great madness spinning about a vacuum, the swirling of a vast ocean around a hole in the void, and in the waters, more like whirlwinds than waters, float images of all I ever saw or heard in the world: houses, faces, books, boxes, snatches of music and fragments of voices, all caught up in a sinister, bottomless whirlpool.
- Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

2. sinister

adjective. ['ˈsɪnɪstɝ'] stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable.

Synonyms

  • dark
  • black

Antonyms

  • right
  • righteous
  • virtuous

Etymology

  • sinistre (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sinistra (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. sinister

adjective. ['ˈsɪnɪstɝ'] on or starting from the wearer's left.

Antonyms

  • moral

Etymology

  • sinistre (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • sinistra (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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