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n. Offensive
The condition of being born to parents not married to each other.


(ˈbɑːstədɪ; ˈbæs-)
archaic the condition of being a bastard; illegitimacy


(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]

bastardism, bastardy

the condition of being a bastard.
See also: Children
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"


The condition of being of illegitimate birth:


[ˈbɑːstədɪ] N (Jur) → bastardía f


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 2017 festival placed a strong emphasis on Indigenous stories across a variety of genres, screening Tracey Moffatt's classic horror anthology beDevil (1993); Victoria Wharfe McIntyre's western short Miro (2016); several documentaries, including Sera Davies' Namatjira Project (2017); and Amiel Courtin-Wilson's beautiful hybrid documentary Bastardy (2008).
29) Lisa Zunshine does show in her masterful study Bastards and Foundlings both that "the concept of bastardy was anything but monolithic" in the eighteenth century, (30) and that Fielding seeks to demythologize the bastard figure by denying any of the cultural fantasies, good or bad, (31) about Tom and the many other bastards who proliferate in the novel.
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.
Hang him on this tree, And by his side his fruit of bastardy.
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.
In a Yale University Press blog, Titley writes of the challenged he faced "getting a suitable idiom to mirror the talk of these dead--but very much alive people in their speech--and to give it in an English which matched, as far as possible, their manic energy, their hatred of one another, their wonderful bitchy and bastardy small-mindedness, their gutsy grumblings, their sly asides, their broad humor, their petty put-downs, their curses and imprecations, their poetic bad language, their grousing gossip.
The book also examines population in a broad sense, providing a wealth of new information on the development of public health infrastructure, the production of colonial knowledge, the impact of malaria, cholera, and venereal diseases, reforms of bastardy laws and poor relief systems, the growth of nursing and social welfare organizations, discourses surrounding Caribbean family formation, and the expansion of American philanthropy.
South Carolina laws originally called for women convicted of bastardy to be "publicly whipped on the bare back, in the usual places in Charlestown, not exceeding thirty one stripes" ("An Act Against Bastardy," 17 September 1703, in Cooper, ed.
As Dionysius says in the opening lines of the play, "Thebes taints me with bastardy.
This statutory provision stipulates that in issues of 'legitimacy or bastardy,' where the parties concerned are Muslims, the courts shall apply rules of Muslim Personal Law derived from the Shariah.