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n. Offensive
The condition of being born to parents not married to each other.
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(ˈbɑːstədɪ; ˈbæs-)
archaic the condition of being a bastard; illegitimacy
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(ˈbæs tər di)

1. the state of being a bastard; illegitimacy.
2. the act of begetting a bastard.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French]
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bastardism, bastardy

the condition of being a bastard.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bastardy - the status of being born to parents who were not married
status, position - the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society; "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"
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The condition of being of illegitimate birth:
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[ˈbɑːstədɪ] N (Jur) → bastardía f
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n (form)Unehelichkeit f; bastardy proceedings pl (US Jur) → Vaterschaftsprozess m
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But he said that the English idea that compulsory education would reduce bastardy and intemperance was an error--it has not that effect.
The collective bastardy of politics as a 'dirty game' in Nigeria has only served to discourage well-meaning individuals from venturing into the murky waters of politics, not with the constant stories of mysterious assassinations, ritual engagements and the godfather factor.
For example, past scholars, drawing on an important twelfth-century source--the monk Orderic Vitalis--have seen William's bastardy as an important practical and psychological challenge for the ruler, but Bates, using comparative eleventh-century material, argues Orderic's views were those of a subsequent generation.
Deborah predicts Tom's life will be one of debasement, particularly sexual debasement, given his bastardy; murdering him will be a mercy and a defense.
Chapter Five, "The Sexy Side of History and the Specter of Bastardy: Look About You" examines how in this anonymous play (printed in 1600), John is once again staged in proximity to an eroticized politics; this time, however, it is not John's eroticized politics but those of his father Henry II that are staged, especially in terms of the competition that erupts between Henry's "estranged wife and ...
While at first this idea might seem farfetched, Masten quickly and effectively points out the persistent language of "mongrelization" and "bastardy" that attends discussion of generic mixing from Sidney's Defense of Poesy to Derrida's "The Law of Genre" (203).
George W Chin Moon, of Portland, presumably a relative of Willies, was committed to the Cumberland County Jail on August 17, 1904, on a charge of bastardy. (25)
An inquest recorded the death of one of these children in infancy and also a bastardy case brought against the father of another - an early form of the Child Support Agency at work.
It was a kind of charitable maternalism, seeking to spread concepts of respectability and "civilization"--including a model of marriage and the family counterpoised to "bastardy" and "concubinage." At first, these initiatives were confined to urban centers and received funding from local government.
7/10 George Hudson: 1800-1871 Victoria's railway king Convicted of bastardy - fathering an illegitimate child - aged 18, Hudson, below, fled to York to begin life as a draper's apprentice.