verb (used with object), bas·tard·ized, bas·tard·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), bas·tard·ized, bas·tard·iz·ing.
- bastard toadflax,
- bastard turtle,
- bastard wing,
Origin of bastardize
- an initiation ceremony in a school or military unit, esp one involving brutality
- brutality or bullying
1610s, "to identify as a bastard," from bastard (q.v.) + -ize. The figurative sense, "to make degenerate, debase" is earlier (1580s), probably because bastard also was serving as a verb meaning "to declare illegitimate" (1540s). Related: Bastardized; bastardizing; bastardization.