An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (wicked)
a. sinister
Ese hombre me asusta; tiene una apariencia siniestra.That man frightens me; he has a sinister look.
El ladrón me echó una sonrisa siniestra y se echó a correr.The thief gave me a sinister smile and ran off.
b. evil
La policía descubrió los siniestros planes de los terroristas.The police uncovered the terrorists' evil plans.
2. (disastrous)
a. fateful
Quisiera olvidarme del día siniestro en que ninguna universidad a la que solicité me aceptó.I'd like to forget the fateful day on which I got rejected from every school I applied to.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
a. left
Su hijo se sentó a su mano diestra, y su hija a su siniestra.His son sat at his right side, and his daughter at his left.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
4. (calamity)
a. disaster
Después que pasó el huracán, el gobierno evaluó la magnitud del siniestro.After the hurricane passed, the government assessed the magnitude of the disaster.
b. catastrophe
La Cruz Roja está ayudando a las víctimas del siniestro.The Red Cross is helping the victims of the catastrophe.
5. (collision)
a. accident
Los socorristas finalmente llegaron al lugar del siniestro del avión.The emergency workers finally arrived at the site of the airplane accident.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (malo)
a. sinister
2. (desgraciado)
a. disastrous
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (daño, catástrofe)
a. disaster
4. (accidente de coche)
a. accident, crash
5. (incendio)
a. fire
6. (atentado)
a. terrorist attack
siniestro totalwrite-off
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1 (malintencionado) [+intenciones, personaje] sinister; [+mirada] evil
2 (desgraciado) [+día, viaje] fateful; [+coincidencia] unfortunate
3 (izquierdo) left
(desastre natural) disaster; (accidente) accident
siniestro marítimo disaster at sea
siniestro nuclear nuclear disaster
siniestro total total write-off
fue declarado siniestro total it was declared a total write-off
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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