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1Giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.‘there was something sinister about that murmuring voice’
menacing, threatening, ominous, forbidding, baleful, frightening, eerie, alarming, disturbing, disquieting, dark, black, suggestive of evil, evil-lookingView synonyms
- ‘Yet there are more sinister happenings afoot, as Count Dracula himself jumps into the mix, searching for a serum to make him invincible.’
- ‘Norrell's love of secrecy and Strange's attraction to the wilder edges of magic invoke dark and sinister happenings.’
- ‘It wasn't - there was no kind of sinister conspiracy at the start.’
- ‘Or did something more sinister happen, as Padilla's family and others fear?’
- ‘Children across Bradford will be enjoying spooky shenanigans for Halloween tonight but police are urging that everyone takes care to make sure nothing more sinister happens.’
- ‘Strange and sinister things sometimes happen on the streets of York at the crack of dawn.’
- ‘Only by unmasking a sinister conspiracy can he prove his innocence.’
- ‘Whether in 2005 or 2025, we need a clearer picture of Cameroon, and less of a merely vague, sinister impression.’
- ‘The mutter of sinister threats and portents was already to be heard.’
- ‘A quick Google search reveals that several conspiracy web sites allege sinister motivations behind this conference.’
- ‘The Church is a dark and sinister place with creepy occult doings going on.’
- ‘Personally, I think it's all a sinister conspiracy by the BBC to overdub Doctor Who with something that has now spoilt it, to make us all buy it when it comes out on DVD.’
- ‘Not to be overlooked in the controversy were the paranoid prognosticators who saw grand conspiracies and sinister plots everywhere.’
- ‘There is a worrying conviction growing in this community that something sinister is happening in our justice system.’
- ‘In a university, something even more sinister happens.’
- ‘Bound in the flayed skin of 100 saints and penned with the blood of virgins, this sinister and forbidden occult text is an item of incredible power.’
- ‘The high cheek bones are very pronounced, giving the creatures an impression of a continual sinister smile.’
- ‘Nobody could say that anything sinister was happening.’
- ‘Her early work gave way to more chilling visions that echoed fairy tale evils, sinister forests, cunning wolves, and grandmothers ready to eat you.’
- ‘Noah's piece tends to show that neoconservatism is not the sinister conspiracy he thinks it is, not that neoconservatism is cracking up.’
- 1.1 Evil or criminal.‘there might be a more sinister motive behind the government's actions’
evil, wicked, bad, criminal, corrupt, nefarious, villainous, base, vile, malevolent, malicious, malignView synonyms
- ‘They are put into the custody of Count Olaf, a sinister villain who is plotting to steal their inheritance.’
- ‘Credit card fraud attracts sinister people who use the money to fund criminal activity such as terrorism.’
- ‘Instead it's a candid admission he once lived the furtive lifestyle of a sinister international beer villain.’
- ‘Judge Laity in England described the group as ‘corrupt, sinister and dangerous’.’
- ‘In many of his books, the heroes are noble trial lawyers while the villains are sinister corporations and the lawyers who agree to defend them.’
archaic attributive Of, on, or towards the left-hand side (in a coat of arms, from the bearer's point of view, i.e. the right as it is depicted).The opposite of dexter
- ‘Each coat of arms has a right and left (i.e. dexter and sinister) heraldic side, as observed by the person carrying the shield.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘malicious, underhand’): from Old French sinistre or Latin sinister ‘left’.
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