[ bas-ter-dahyz ]
/ ˈbæs tərˌdaɪz /

verb (used with object), bas·tard·ized, bas·tard·iz·ing.

to lower in condition or worth; debase: hybrid works that neither preserve nor bastardize existing art forms.
to declare or prove (someone) to be a bastard.
Australian. to harass or humiliate as part of initiation into a college or regiment.

verb (used without object), bas·tard·ized, bas·tard·iz·ing.

to become debased.
Also especially British, bas·tard·ise.

Origin of bastardize

First recorded in 1580–90; bastard + -ize

Related forms

bas·tard·i·za·tion, nounun·bas·tard·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bastardize



/ (ˈbɑːstəˌdaɪz, ˈbæs-) /

verb (tr)

to debase; corrupt
archaic to declare illegitimate
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