Definition of Bar sinister

1. Noun. The status of being born to parents who were not married.

Exact synonyms: Bastardy, Illegitimacy
Generic synonyms: Position, Status

2. Noun. A mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left.
Exact synonyms: Bend Sinister
Generic synonyms: Ordinary, Brand, Mark, Stain, Stigma

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bar Sinister

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bar sinister (current term)
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Literary usage of Bar sinister

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"BARMY. bar sinister In 1903 the prolific writer Richard Harding Davis published a novel titled The bar sinister. Its publication created a bit of ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1875)
"There is no such thing as a bar sinister, any more than there is a left-hand chin. ... bar sinister would imply that a horizontal line is necessarily drawn ..."

3. A Diplomatist's Wife in Many Lands by Hugh Fraser (1910)
"CHAPTER XIV AN OLD-FASHIONED ENGLISH EDUCATION Bonchurch — The Three Aunts —"Cranford" and a bar sinister—Early Victorian Principles — The ..."

4. Valladolid, Oviedo, Segovia, Zamora, Avila, & Zaragoza: An Historical by Albert Frederick Calvert (1908)
"... bear escutcheons crossed by the bar sinister, are the ashes of another Gonzalo Bernaldo, a distinguished illegitimate scion of the house. ..."

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