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bar sinister

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noun
  1. Heraldry. (not in technical use) a bend sinister or a baton.
  2. the proof, condition, or stigma of illegitimate birth.

Origin of bar sinister

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for bar sinister

Historical Examples

  • Our branch of that great family, I confess, bore the bar-sinister.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843

    Various

  • No collie judge, unhung, could have detected the bar-sinister.

  • He had the bar-sinister, of course, but the ancestry was there all the same.

    Eden

    Edgar Saltus

  • Let us never be guilty of the reverse,—a bar-sinister piece of furniture!

  • There was a blaze of brutal pharisaism that put a bar-sinister across any claim to gentlemanliness on the part of the majority.


British Dictionary definitions for bar sinister

bar sinister

noun
  1. (not in heraldic usage) another name for bend sinister
  2. the condition, implication, or stigma of being of illegitimate birth
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