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sinistrous

[sin-uh-struh s] /ˈsɪn ə strəs/
adjective
1.
ill-omened; unlucky; disastrous.
2.
sinistral; left.
Origin of sinistrous
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin sinistr-, stem of sinister (see sinister) + -ous
Related forms
sinistrously, adverb
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Examples from the Web for sinistrous
Historical Examples
  • At last he got quite dexterous—and sinistrous, too, for that matter.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • He lived in obscurity, and only went out at night; he only communicated with his fellows with the most sinistrous precautions.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • It was the advocate of Mr. Van Buren's election, and therefore would prevent the suspicion of sinistrous design upon him.

British Dictionary definitions for sinistrous

sinistrous

/ˈsɪnɪstrəs/
adjective (archaic)
1.
sinister or ill-omened
2.
sinistral
Derived Forms
sinistrously, adverb
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