The sinister weather system might produce tornadoes according to the report from the meteorologist.
- An example of sinister is behavior like that of Hitler.
- An example of sinister is weather such as a tornado.
The definition of sinister is a person or thing that threatens harm or misfortune.
- Archaic on, to, or toward the left-hand side; left
- Heraldry on the left side of a shield (the right as seen by the viewer)
- threatening harm, evil, or misfortune; ominous; portentous: sinister storm clouds
- wicked, evil, or dishonest, esp. in some dark, mysterious way: a sinister plot
- most unfavorable or unfortunate; disastrous: met a sinister fate
Origin of sinisterMiddle English sinistre from Classical Latin sinister, left-hand, or unlucky (side), origin, originally lucky (side) from Indo-European base an unverified form sene-, to prepare, achieve from source Sanskrit sán?y?n, more favorable: early Roman augurs faced south, with the east (lucky side) to the left, but the Greeks (followed by later Romans) faced north
- a. Suggesting or threatening harm or evil: a sinister smile.b. Causing or intending harm or evil; wicked: a sinister conspiracy.
- a. Portending misfortune or disaster; ominous: sinister storm clouds.b. Attended by or causing misfortune or disaster: “The day has passed without any sinister accident” ( John Quincy Adams )
- a. Archaic On the left side; left.b. Heraldry Situated on or being the side of a shield on the wearer's left and the observer's right.
Origin of sinisterMiddle English sinistre unfavorable from Old French from Latin sinister on the left, unlucky
sinister baleful malign
These adjectives apply to what is indicative of or threatens great harm, disaster, or evil. Sinister usually implies impending or lurking danger that makes its presence felt by ominous signs or portents: We heard a sinister laugh from behind the door. Baleful intensifies the sense of menace; it suggests a deadly, virulent, or poisonous quality: The guard's baleful glare frightened the children. Malign applies to what manifests an evil disposition, nature, influence, or intent: “The Devil . . . with jealous leer malign/Eyed them askance” (John Milton).
(comparative more sinister, superlative most sinister)
- Inauspicious, ominous, unlucky, illegitimate (as in bar sinister).
- Evil or seemingly evil; indicating lurking danger or harm.
- sinister influences
- the sinister atmosphere of the crypt
- Of the left side.
- (heraldry) On the left side of a shield from the wearer's standpoint, and the right side to the viewer.
- He scorns to undermine another's interest by any sinister or inferior arts.
- Sir Walter Scott
- He read in their looks [...] sinister intentions directed particularly toward himself.
- bend sinister
- sinister aspect
- sinister base
- sinister chief