- Heraldry. (not in technical use) a bend sinister or a baton.
- 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
Our branch of that great family, I confess, bore the bar-sinister.
No collie judge, unhung, could have detected the bar-sinister.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
He had the bar-sinister, of course, but the ancestry was there all the same.Eden
Let us never be guilty of the reverse,—a bar-sinister piece of furniture!The Art of Interior Decoration
There was a blaze of brutal pharisaism that put a bar-sinister across any claim to gentlemanliness on the part of the majority.Germany and the Germans
- (not in heraldic usage) another name for bend sinister
- the condition, implication, or stigma of being of illegitimate birth
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