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bar sinister

noun
1.
Heraldry. (not in technical use) a bend sinister or a baton.
2.
the proof, condition, or stigma of illegitimate birth.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
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British Dictionary definitions for bar sinister

bar sinister

noun
1.
(not in heraldic usage) another name for bend sinister
2.
the condition, implication, or stigma of being of illegitimate birth
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