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illegitimacy

[ il-i-jit-uh-muh-see ]
/ ˌɪl ɪˈdʒɪt ə mə si /
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noun, plural il·le·git·i·ma·cies.

the state or quality of being illegitimate.

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Origin of illegitimacy

First recorded in 1670–80; illegitim(ate) + -acy
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Cultural definitions for illegitimacy

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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