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bend sinister

noun, Heraldry.
a diagonal band extending from the sinister chief of an escutcheon to the dexter base: a supposed mark of bastardy.
Origin of bend sinister
1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His proud crest and armorial bearings support him: no bend-sinister slurs his poetical escutcheon!

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
  • Baton-sinister, a bend-sinister like a marshal's baton, an indication of illegitimacy.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for bend-sinister

bend sinister

(heraldry) a diagonal line bisecting a shield from the top right to the bottom left, typically indicating a bastard line
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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