Definition of Bend sinister

1. Noun. A mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left.

Exact synonyms: Bar Sinister
Generic synonyms: Ordinary, Brand, Mark, Stain, Stigma



Definition of Bend sinister

1. Noun. (heraldiccharge) A diagonal band on a coat of arms going from top right to bottom left (as you look at it), held to indicate bastardy. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bend Sinister

benchmarks
benchpress
benchpresses
benchtop
benchtops
benchwarmer
benchwarmers
benchwork
bencyclane
bend
bend dexter
bend down
bend one's elbow
bend over
bend over backwards
bend sinister (current term)
bend somebody's ear
bend the truth
bendabilities
bendability
bendable
bendamustine
benday
bendayed
bendaying
bendays
bendazac
bendazolic acid
bended
bendee

Literary usage of Bend sinister

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... bishop of Durham: pan у per bend sinister, or and azure, I Fig. 24. ... A bend sinister 1 This Is called also crenellated, and in French ..."

2. A Treatise on Heraldry, British and Foreign: With English and French Glossaries by John Woodward (1896)
"Argent, a bend-sinister gules, were the original arms of ... Gules, a bend- sinister argent, are the arms of RAUCH in ..."

3. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families in Great by John Woody Papworth (1874)
"Per pale or and arg. two keys addorsed and conjoined at the bows in bend sinister the upper gu.tlie under az. interlaced with a sword in bend dexter of the ..."

4. The Gentleman's Magazine (1875)
"The Earl of Moray, son of James IV., bore the arms of Scotland with a full- fledged bend sinister. The Regent Earl of Moray, son of James V., ..."

5. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and by James Balfour Paul (1893)
"Arg. a sword in bend dexter az., and an oak iree eradicated in bend sinister ppr., the former supporting on ils point an antique crown gu. ..."

6. A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry by Henry Gough, James Parker (1894)
"bend sinister, (fr. barre): an ordinary resembling the Bend in form, but extending from the sinister chief to the dexter base. ..."

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