bastardy

[ bas-ter-dee ]
/ ˈbæs tər di /

noun

the state or condition of being a bastard; illegitimacy.
the act of begetting a bastard.

Nearby words

  1. bastardization,
  2. bastardize,
  3. bastardized,
  4. bastardly,
  5. bastardry,
  6. baste,
  7. bastel house,
  8. baster,
  9. basti,
  10. bastia

Origin of bastardy

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French bastardie. See bastard, -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for bastardy

bastardy

/ (ˈbɑːstədɪ, ˈbæs-) /

noun

archaic the condition of being a bastard; illegitimacy
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Word Origin and History for bastardy

bastardy

n.

early 14c., "condition of illegitimacy," from Anglo-French and Old French bastardie, from bastard (see bastard). As "begetting of bastards, fornication" from 1570s.

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