Bend sinister



a diagonal band extending from the sinister chief of an escutcheon to the dexter base: a supposed mark of bastardy.
Historical Examples

Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 113, December 27, 1851 Various
The Story of Brussels Ernest Gilliat-Smith
A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
Notes and Queries, Number 51, October 19, 1850 Various
The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition Anonymous
The South-West Jonathon Holt Ingraham
Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Lessons in the Art of Illuminating W. J. Loftie
A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

noun
(heraldry) a diagonal line bisecting a shield from the top right to the bottom left, typically indicating a bastard line

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