bend sinister
noun Date: 1612 a diagonal band that runs from the sinister chief to the dexter base on a heraldic shield

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  • Bend Sinister — Bend Sinister …   Википедия

  • Bend sinister — Bend Bend, n. [AS. bend. See {Band}, and cf. the preceding noun.] 1. A band. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. [OF. bende, bande, F. bande. See {Band}.] (Her.) One of the honorable ordinaries, containing a third or a fifth part of the field. It… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bend Sinister — is a 1947 dystopian novel written by Vladimir Nabokov.The titleA bend sinister is a heraldic device: a bar drawn from the upper left side of a shield (from the perspective of the shieldbearer) to the lower right. In the introduction Nabokov wrote …   Wikipedia

  • bend sinister — n. Heraldry a diagonal band or stripe on a shield, from the upper right to the lower left corner (as seen by the viewer): it signifies bastardy in the family line …   English World dictionary

  • Bend Sinister — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Bend Sinister peut faire référence à : Bend Sinister, le titre anglais du roman Brisure à senestre de Vladimir Nabokov (titre original : Под… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bend sinister —    an imputation of illegitimacy    The heraldic bend sinister runs from the upper right to the lower left corner of a coat of arms.    To suggest that someone, whether or not entitled to a coat of arms, has a bend sinister, is to imply that he… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • bend sinister — bend′ sin′ister n. her a diagonal band extending from the sinister chief to the dexter base on a heraldic shield • Etymology: 1615–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • bend-sinister — bend sinˈister noun See above • • • Main Entry: ↑bend …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bend sinister — Her. An *honourable *ordinary drawn as mirror opposite to a *bend, i.e. from the shield s *sinister chief to *dexter base. It was a mark of bastardy. Cf. Baton2 …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • bend sinister — /bɛnd ˈsɪnəstə/ (say bend sinuhstuh) noun Heraldry a diagonal band extending from the sinister chief to the dexter base (a supposed mark of bastardy) …   Australian English dictionary

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