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Synonyms for sinister
ˈsɪn ə stər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening(adj)

    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

    "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly"

    Synonyms:
    grim, inauspicious, sullen, minacious, baneful, lowering, black, baleful, dark, heavy, minatory, dour, ominous, menacing, ill, forbidding, threatening

    Antonyms:
    dextral, good, unalarming

  2. black, dark, sinister(adj)

    stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

    "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy

    Synonyms:
    blackened, ominous, sullen, bootleg, black-market, disgraceful, calamitous, forbidding, dismal, dark, moody, non-white, disconsolate, threatening, coloured, glum, fatal, dark-skinned, black, fateful, baleful, smuggled, inglorious, menacing, dim, pitch-dark, glowering, minatory, obscure, sour, pitch-black, grim, mordant, drab, benighted, contraband, shameful, saturnine, disastrous, smutty, ignominious, sorry, gloomy, morose, bleak, dingy, dreary, dour, drear, opprobrious, minacious, blue

    Antonyms:
    good, unalarming, dextral

  3. sinister(adj)

    on or starting from the wearer's left

    "bar sinister"

    Synonyms:
    forbidding, dark, minacious, baleful, minatory, black, menacing, threatening, ominous

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, good, dextral

Wiktionary

  1. sinister(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    dexter

  2. sinister(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    dexter

  3. sinister(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    dexter

  4. sinister(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    dexter

  5. sinister(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    dexter

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sinister(a.)

    Synonyms:
    left, on the left hand

  2. sinister(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unlucky, inauspicious, unfortunate, untoward, disastrous, injurious

  3. sinister(a.)

    Synonyms:
    wrong, bad, evil, perverse, corrupt, wicked, sinful, criminal

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sinister(a)

    Synonyms:
    left, unlucky, inauspicious, evil, wrong, forbidding

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    ominous, sinistral, grim, eerie, insidious, macabre, evil, underhand, spooky, dark, gloomy

How to pronounce sinister?

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How to use sinister in a sentence?

  1. Anthony Bourdain:

    I'm sure I'm not alone here. Were clowns ever funny? No. Of course not. They were always sinister figures, disguising their homicidal intentions under thick make-up, all the while their crawl spaces and chest freezers were brimming with Cub Scout parts.

  2. President Barack Obama:

    Fear can lead us to lash out against those who are different or lead us to try to get some sinister 'other' under control, alternatively, fear can lead us to succumb to despair or paralysis or cynicism.

  3. Bill Clinton:

    I don't think there's anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up.

  4. Nicholas Alahverdian:

    A conspiracy, in short, is based on small groups with inherently competing interests. At some point in the evolution of the competition between two or more groups (and in some cases, within subversive groups), there are rumors or allegations made of sinister behavior or a secretive plot developed by the members or the leadership of the groups. Occasionally, the groups will have diametrically opposed goals and this leads to further subversion.

  5. Linda Barto:

    He has been lying to me about everything for all of the 52 years I have known him. ... He spent his whole sinister life lying and sneaking around, so he could carry on his abuse uninterrupted.


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