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illegitimacy

[il-i-jit-uh-muh-see]
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noun, plural il·le·git·i·ma·cies.
  1. the state or quality of being illegitimate.

Origin of illegitimacy

First recorded in 1670–80; illegitim(ate) + -acy
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Word Origin and History for illegitimacy

n.

1670s; see illegitimate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

illegitimacy in Culture

illegitimacy

The condition of being born to unmarried parents. It was once considered a mark of disgrace but is generally more accepted now.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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