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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A heraldic bend or baton sinister, held to signify bastardy. Not in technical use.
  • noun A hint or proof of illegitimate birth.

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  • noun a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
  • noun the status of being born to parents who were not married

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  • A heraldic charge or mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left. Bend sinister: "from the left side".

    August 31, 2008