bar sinister


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bar sinister a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
    • n bar sinister the status of being born to parents who were not married
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bar sinister (Her) a term popularly but erroneously used for baton, a mark of illegitimacy. See Baton.
    • Bar sinister (Her) See under Bar n.
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In literature:

What's a bar sinister?
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Had she been merely of illegitimate birth, he would have overlooked the bar sinister.
"The House Behind the Cedars" by Charles W. Chesnutt
The history of France swarms with princes bearing the bar sinister on their shields.
"The Ball at Sceaux" by Honore de Balzac
That is part of the bar-sinister between you.
"Other Things Being Equal" by Emma Wolf
Both had the same bar-sinister on them at their birth.
"The Deputy of Arcis" by Honore de Balzac
It was the weight that crushed her almost to lifelessness; it was the bar sinister.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
But sinister influences have not failed in attempts to bar beneficent dispensations.
"Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)" by C. H. Thomas
The Beauforts were descended from Edward III., but a bar sinister marred their royal pedigree.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
He is a Delmar, although with the bar sinister.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
DAVIS, R. H.: The Bar Sinister.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson