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I moved further and further away from mass entertainment. The sexual element became increasingly sinister and bizarre. Don't blame me! The bastards drove me to it! They all backed off after that!
Robert Crumb

Meaning of "sinister" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SINISTER

From Latin sinister on the left-hand side, considered by Roman augurs to be the unlucky one.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SINISTER

sinister  [ˈsɪnɪstə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SINISTER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sinister is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES SINISTER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Sinister

Sinister may refer to: ▪ The left side of an escutcheon or coat of arms in heraldry, see dexter and sinister ▪ Left-handedness ▪ Bend, Bend sinister, heraldic charge ▪ Baton sinister, diminutive of the bend sinister ▪ Ominous In film: ▪ Sinister, a 2012 horror film starring Ethan Hawke In comic books and literature: ▪ Mister Sinister, Marvel Comics supervillain ▪ Sinister Six, Marvel Comics supervillain group ▪ Sinister Twelve, Marvel Comics supervillain group ▪ Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six, comic-related video game ▪ Sinister Dexter, comic book ▪ Simon Bar Sinister, villain on the Underdog cartoon show ▪ Bend Sinister , novel by Vladimir Nabokov ▪ The Sinister Signpost, Hardy Boys novel by Franklin W. Dixon In music: ▪ Sinister, from the Netherlands ▪ Sinister Footwear, orchestral ballet by Frank Zappa in three movements ▪ The Sinister Urge , album by Rob Zombie ▪...

Definition of sinister in the English dictionary

The first definition of sinister in the dictionary is threatening or suggesting evil or harm; ominous. Other definition of sinister is evil or treacherous, esp in a mysterious way. Sinister is also of, on, or starting from the left side from the bearer's point of view and therefore on the spectator's right.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SINISTER


administer
ədˈmɪnɪstə
banister
ˈbænɪstə
Bannister
ˈbænɪstə
canister
ˈkænɪstə
ganister
ˈɡænɪstə
gannister
ˈɡænɪstə
genista
dʒɪˈnɪstə
lister
ˈlɪstə
maladminister
ˌmælədˈmɪnɪstə
manchester
ˈmæntʃɪstə
minister
ˈmɪnɪstə
mister
ˈmɪstə
Mr
ˈmɪstə
register
ˈrɛdʒɪstə
Rochester
ˈrɒtʃɪstə
sister
ˈsɪstə
subminister
səbˈmɪnɪstə
superminister
ˈsuːpərˌmɪnɪstə
vista
ˈvɪstə
winchester
ˈwɪntʃɪstə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SINISTER

sinh
Sinhailien
Sinhalese
sinical
Sinicism
sinicize
Sining
sinisterity
sinisterly
sinisterness
sinistral
sinistrality
sinistrally
sinistrodextral
sinistrorsal
sinistrorsally
sinistrorse
sinistrorsely
sinistrous
sinistrously

WORDS THAT END LIKE SINISTER

assister
at-risk register
barrister
blister
cash register
demister
deputy minister
faster
finance minister
foreign minister
glister
half-sister
health minister
kapellmeister
kid sister
klister
magister
prime minister
real-estate register
stepsister
twister

Synonyms and antonyms of sinister in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SINISTER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sinister» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sinister

Translation of «sinister» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SINISTER

Find out the translation of sinister to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sinister from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sinister» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

险恶的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

siniestro
570 millions of speakers

English

sinister
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भयावह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مَشْئُوم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

зловещий
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sinistro
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অশুভ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sinistre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jahat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

unheimlich
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

不吉な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

불길한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sinister
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nham hiểm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கெட்ட
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भयानक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

uğursuz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sinistro
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

złowieszczy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

зловісний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

sinistru
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κακόβουλος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

sinistere
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ödesdiger
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

truende
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sinister

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SINISTER»

The term «sinister» is very widely used and occupies the 20.794 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SINISTER» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sinister

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10 QUOTES WITH «SINISTER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word sinister.
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MyAnna Buring
It's nothing sinister but my private life belongs to me.
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Dick Cavett
Anything seen on TV is, in a subtle and sinister sense, thereby endorsed.
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Jung Chang
While I was writing Wild Swans I thought the famine was the result of economic mismanagement but during the research I realised that it was something more sinister.
4
Robert Crumb
I moved further and further away from mass entertainment. The sexual element became increasingly sinister and bizarre. Don't blame me! The bastards drove me to it! They all backed off after that!
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Victor Garber
The most sinister aspect of Jack is his detachment, his ability to distance himself from his feelings.
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Lukas Haas
It's cool to play a sinister bad guy who also has a human side.
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Arthur L. Herman
Some say Edward Snowden is a hero and a patriot. Others say he's a fool and a traitor. The evidence is mounting that the guy who leaked the details about the National Security Agency's Internet-eavesdropping program may be something more sinister - namely, a willing tool in China's ongoing cyberwar against our nation.
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Hermann Hesse
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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Robert B. Laughlin
It is an interesting fact that during my tour I was never allowed access to computers, radios, or anything else that I might damage through curiosity, or perhaps something more sinister.
10
D. H. Lawrence
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.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SINISTER»

Discover the use of sinister in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sinister and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener
A major new work from one of the world's most erudite, intellectual, and influential thinkers and writers about sound and music. >
David Toop, 2010
2
Sinister Yogis
But our modern conception of yoga derives much from nineteenth-century European spirituality, and the true story of yoga’s origins in South Asia is far richer, stranger, and more entertaining than most of us realize.
David Gordon White, 2010
3
Sinister
Three best-selling authors combine to tell the tale of a crazed killer who stalks a wealthy Wyoming family. Original.
Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush, Rosalind Noonan, 2013
4
Bend Sinister
The state has been recently taken over and is being run by the tyrannical and philistine 'Average Man' party.
Vladimir Nabokov, 2012
5
Sinister
Its also a mystery with lots of twists and turns. Be warned Sinister has a sensitive side too, you may even shed a tear. In the end, I'm quite certain that you will be thrilled with SINISTER.
J. S. Winters, 2010
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The Bar Sinister
Richard Harding Davis made a name for himself as a war correspondent in the early twentieth century.
Richard Harding Davis, 2008
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The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese ...
In 'The Sinister Way', Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult within the larger framework of the historical development of Chinese popular or vernacular religion - as opposed to institutional religions ...
Richard Von Glahn, 2004
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Sinister
An edgy dramatic fast pace comedic depiction of an out of this world know it all named Dr. Saint.
Emeralds Hue, 2011
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Queer Sinister Things: the Hidden History of Iran
In Queer Sinister Things, Phillips by-passes the version of events dominant in today's academic and media circles, relying instead on the stories provided by those who documented developments in and about Iran as they happened.
Tomas B. Phillips, 2011
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Bar Sinister
For the next two years, her only contact with Falk is through his letters, terse messages, but always accompanied by charming stories for the children. She slowly falls in love with the man behind the stories.
Sheila Simonson, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SINISTER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sinister is used in the context of the following news items.
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The Sinister 2 red band trailer gives up the ghost
Weird, because that's more or less what this red band trailer for Sinister 2 does. Now that the first film let the cat out of the bag about the mysterious entity behind ... «A.V. Club, Jul 15»
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Sinister 2: First Full-Length Trailer Released
Taking place after the events in the first film, Sinister 2 revolves around a mother and her 9-year-old twins, "who find themselves in a rural house marked for ... «IGN, Apr 15»
3
Watch the 'Sinister 2′ Teaser Trailer Over and Over Again!
Out of WonderCon 2015 comes the teaser trailer for Sinister 2, helmed by Citadel's Ciaran Foy. The footage is brief, teasing an eternity of repeat viewings…and ... «Bloody Disgusting, Apr 15»
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Report: Drew Goddard Writing Spider-Man Vs. Sinister Six Movie …
He had been working on a Sinister Six movie for Sony, and that was part of why he left Marvel and the showrunner's chair on Daredevil, but the story now is that ... «WhatCulture, Mar 15»
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'Too Many Cooks' parodies '80s TV, with a sinister twist
Wacky TV sitcoms, crime shows, late-night soaps, Saturday morning cartoons and even space sagas get lampooned by Adult Swim in the ultimate creepy ... «CNET, Nov 14»
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More 'Spider-Man' Rumors: 'Sinister Six' To Reboot Franchise …
As it officially stands right now, Drew Goddard's Sinister Six film will be out in 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will follow in 2018. There will also be a ... «/FILM, Oct 14»
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Sinister Six Release Date Set for November 2016, Amazing Spider …
Goddard had stepped down as the forerunner for Marvel's "Daredevil" series to concentrate more on the "Sinister Six's" development. It seems that everything is ... «Christian Post, Sep 14»
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Sinister Six Update: Plot Rumours, Andrew Garfield Might Put On …
Sony Pictures recently pushed back The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to a 2018 release, with The Sinister Six, a separate spinoff focused on the Spider-Man villains ... «International Business Times UK, Sep 14»
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'Sinister Six' Teaser Reveals Vulture and Doc Ock Concept Art
Spider-Man is about to face his most "sinister" challenge yet! No, we're not talking about the logline for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.' We're referring to the fact ... «ScreenCrush, Aug 14»
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'Sinister 2' Casts Its Leads; New Plot Details Revealed
After Scott Derrickson's micro-budget horror film Sinister joined the ranks of Blumhouse Productions' successful spookfests, it was only a matter of time before a ... «Screen Rant, Aug 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Sinister [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/sinister>. Oct 2020 ».
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