bend sinister


: a diagonal band that runs from the sinister chief to the dexter base on a heraldic shield

Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bend sinister was in 1612

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“Bend sinister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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