- a diagonal band extending from the sinister chief of an escutcheon to the dexter base: a supposed mark of bastardy.
Origin of bend sinister
First recorded in 1615–25
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- heraldry a diagonal line bisecting a shield from the top right to the bottom left, typically indicating a bastard line
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