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Dec 29, 2010
This week's theme
Words derived from the names of body parts

This week's words
supercilious
impugn
sinister
orchidaceous
charivari

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with Anu Garg

sinister

PRONUNCIATION:
(SIN-uh-stuhr)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Threatening or foreshadowing evil or harm.
2. On the left side.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via French from Latin sinister (left, left hand, unlucky). Earliest documented use: 1411.

USAGE:
"We are concerned as there are reports that sinister moves are under way to create clashes among the Security Forces."
Mahinda Rajapaksa; Lanka on Verge of Prosperous Era; Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka); Dec 12, 2010.

See more usage examples of sinister in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Inquiry is fatal to certainty. -Will Durant, historian (1885-1981)

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