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date: 18 June 2019

sinister 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Author(s):
Elizabeth KnowlesElizabeth Knowles

originally (in late Middle English) sinister meant ‘malicious, underhand’; in the late 16th century, the sense of ‘inauspicious, unfavourable’ developed, especially as denoting omens seen on the left hand, which was regarded as the unlucky side. From this in turn developed the current sense, giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.... ...

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