Saturday, 3 November 2012

Entry: sinistral (adj.)


In context:  "Sinistral, his right hands missing digits from a fireworks accident three Interdependence Days past..."

Definition: Adverse; unlucky. Obs. rare.

Other: DFW is being pretty funny here.  See the etymology for sinister (adj.):

Etymology:  < Old French senestre, sinistre (modern French sinistre, = Portuguese sinistro, Italian sinistro, Spanish siniestro), or Latin sinister left, left-hand. The more original senses of the word are in English later and less common than the transferred.

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SNOOT score: 3

Page: 513

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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