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used in The Great Gatsby

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evil or harmful; or making an evil or frightening impression
  • I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.
    p. 5.4
sinister = foreshadowing harm

(editor's note:  Gatsby lives on the West Egg where there is new money. Daisy and Tom who both live on the East Egg where there is old money. This editor thinks Nick is using the word sinister to foreshadow the harm caused in the novel by stereotypical differences between people with old and new money.)
  • I could see nothing sinister about him.
    p. 50.2
  • sinister = evil or frightening
  • And with this doubt, his whole statement fell to pieces, and I wondered if there wasn't something a little sinister about him, after all.
    p. 65.7
  • sinister = foreshadowing bad things
  • For all I knew he was going to rob the house in a moment; I wouldn't have been surprised to see sinister faces, the faces of "Wolfshiem's people," behind him in the dark shrubbery.
    p. 143.0
sinister = frightening
There are no more uses of "sinister" in The Great Gatsby.

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