bastardize

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Etymology[edit]

bastard +‎ -ize

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bastardize (third-person singular simple present bastardizes, present participle bastardizing, simple past and past participle bastardized)

  1. To claim or demonstrate that someone is a bastard, or illegitimate.
    The law is so indulgent as not to bastardize the child, if born, though not begotten, in lawful wedlock. — Blackstone.
  2. To reduce from a higher to a lower state; to debase.
  3. To introduce debased elements into.
  4. To beget out of wedlock.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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