bar sinister

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:
1815–25

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bar sinister
 
n
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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