bend sinister

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English[edit]

Argent, a bend sinister gules.

Noun[edit]

bend sinister (plural bends sinister)

  1. (heraldry) A diagonal band on a coat of arms going from top right to bottom left (as you look at it), held to indicate bastardy.

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  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [1]