What is another word for sinister?

Synonyms for sinister
ˈsɪn ə stərsin·is·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threateningadjective

    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"

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

    dextral, good, unalarming

  2. black, dark, sinisteradjective

    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

    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

    good, unalarming, dextral

  3. sinisteradjective

    on or starting from the wearer's left

    "bar sinister"

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

    unalarming, good, dextral

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sinisteradjective

    left, on the left hand

  2. sinisteradjective

    unlucky, inauspicious, unfortunate, untoward, disastrous, injurious

  3. sinisteradjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sinisteradjective

    left, unlucky, inauspicious, evil, wrong, forbidding

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  1. List of paraphrases for "sinister":

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

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  1. Jake Auchincloss:

    This is just chilling to me. It is tapping into millennia-old antisemitic tropes about nefarious Jewish wealth, control, conspiracy, media connections and political string-pulling, to name names and keep lists, which has a very sinister history in Judaism, in terms of how we are targeted, is very irresponsible. [The group] needs to take this down and apologize.

  2. Jessica Joan:

    One of the things about NXIVM and this whole experience is that they were really great at attracting really amazing people. I think that’s one of the most sinister and unfortunate parts of this whole thing. They really preyed on good, kindhearted people that wanted to help others. There’s definitely friends that I made in this that will be friends for life.

  3. The Chinese foreign ministry:

    This so-called legislation will only strengthen the resolve of the Chinese people, including the Hong Kong people, and raise awareness of the sinister intentions and hegemonic nature of the U.S., the U.S. plot is doomed.

  4. Said Boumedouha:

    The international image the authorities have attempted to project of the country as a progressive reformist state committed to human rights masks a far more sinister truth, four years on from the uprising, repression is widespread and rampant abuses by the security forces continue.

  5. Lot Chakonza:

    Make man believe he is doing the right thing, with enough convincing powers, by any means so appropriate, then man, this being that was made superior by God, may do the most sinister thing,both imaginable and in real time

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