bar sinister

noun

Definition of bar sinister

1 : a heraldic charge held to be a mark of bastardy
2 : the fact or condition of being of illegitimate birth

Examples of bar sinister in a Sentence

  1. back in the days when the bar sinister was a real obstacle to social acceptance

First Known Use of bar sinister

1823

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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