bar sinister

See synonyms for bar sinister on
  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

Words Nearby bar sinister Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bar sinister in a sentence

  • The bar sinister was on his shield; his credentials were the advice of an unreal person to fight in common with the whites.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone | Frederic Remington
  • Brindle is so pedigreed I don't believe he would thank you for the bar sinister you put on him.

  • The bar sinister stayed him from Broadweald, so the judges had said, and haughty Fitzooth had perforce to bear with their finding.

    Robin Hood | Paul Creswick
  • The forgotten deeds of desperate valor—all useless now, and stained forever with the bar sinister of his treason.

    A Fascinating Traitor | Richard Henry Savage
  • It is utterly impossible to draw a bar sinister—such a thing does not exist.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry | Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

British Dictionary definitions for bar sinister

bar sinister

  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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