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Literary bend sinister
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A heraldic bend or baton sinister, held to signify bastardy. Not in technical use.
- A hint or proof of illegitimate birth.