Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being sinister.

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  • noun The state or condition of being sinister.

Etymologies

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sinister +‎ -ness

Examples

  • I think the trick is adding an element of bad intentions or sinisterness.

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  • It's depressingly revealing: Pinter's staccato sinisterness does not illustrate a point; it distracts the audience from the fact his point is so banal.

    Johann Hari: Harold Pinter Does Not Deserve the Post Mortem White-Washing He Is About to Receive

  • In spite of the title and the omnipresence of the artist's imprint the installation was actually rigorously impersonal -- hence the joke, and a certain attendant sinisterness, which came from the impression that in promoting a superficial aspect of her identity, Ms. Bloom had actually erased it.

    Installing an Identity

  • Yes many other races & nationalities suffered but they did not have a master plan of extinction in such an instutionalised mass mechanized method of sinisterness.what concerns me today is that people are forgetting this & are aligning their beliefs to a false stereotype.

    Paddy Hitler, Max Mosley and the dilemma of Nazi children

  • I've never seen anything like the furor about this and, of course, the sinisterness (ph) of the 20 hours delay almost matches the 18-minute delay of the Nixon tapes.

    CNN Transcript Feb 14, 2006

  • Interesting as it would be, I can't imagine the "league tables" scene and all its quiet sinisterness at teatime on a Saturday.

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  • Interesting as it would be, I can't imagine the "league tables" scene and all its quiet sinisterness at teatime on a Saturday.

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  • In the next decade, his acting career took off as Ferrer brought alternating levels of bookish sensitivity, suave sinisterness and urbanity (often as a signifier of weakness) in such productions as RANCHO NOTORIOUS (1952), LILI (1953), WAR AND PEACE (1956) and THE SUN ALSO RISES (1957).

    Death Notice: Mel Ferrer

  • 6. Once I met: a man of such awe-inspiring wealth, staggering beauty and profound sinisterness as to make American Psycho look like Ernie, The Fastest Milkman In The West.

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  • 6. Once I met: a man of such awe-inspiring wealth, staggering beauty and profound sinisterness as to make American Psycho look like Ernie, The Fastest Milkman In The West.

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