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illegitimacy

[ il-i-jit-uh-muh-see ]
/ 藢瑟l 瑟藞d蕭瑟t 蓹 m蓹 si /
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noun, plural il路le路git路i路ma路cies.
the state or quality of being illegitimate.
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Origin of illegitimacy

First recorded in 1670鈥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.

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