One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Giving the impression that something bad will happen; ominous.‘a sinistrous event’
menacing, threatening, ominous, forbidding, baleful, frightening, eerie, alarming, disturbing, disquieting, dark, black, suggestive of evil, evil-lookingView synonyms
- ‘That people may be influenced by wrong and sinistrous ends and motives in this matter, is beyond all peradventure.’
- ‘Aramis smiled, with the sinistrous gleam of his sinistrous thought.’
- ‘The chiefs are now informed, that their bark, by a sinistrous accident, has been compelled to quit the shore.’
- ‘The arrival of a beggar on an island is accounted a sinistrous event.’
- ‘The king continues to disparage and asperse all sober and judicious reflections upon that royal paper, by charging upon them the unjust and reproachful character of sinistrous interpretations.’
Late 16th century: from sinister + -ous.
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