- of or relating to stage plays in which musical numbers were inserted because of laws that gave only a few theaters the exclusive right to produce straight dramas.
- acting in or producing such productions.
verb (used with object), il·le·git·i·mat·ed, il·le·git·i·mat·ing.
Examples from the Web for illegitimate
She was also an autodidact, an illegitimate girl from the provinces whose intelligence became the stuff of legend.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You should be so proud of yourself working for an illegitimate rag like the Daily Beast.Dear Moon Landing Deniers: Sorry I Called You Moon Landing Deniers|Olivia Nuzzi|July 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But a large majority also view the government in Kiev as illegitimate.Ukraine Foreign Minister Speaks of Mistrust—and a Truce|Jamie Dettmer|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Britain is not illegitimate because it has a cross on its flag and an Anglican head of a state.
Germany is not illegitimate because its immigration policy favors members of a dominant ethnic group.
If she has an illegitimate child, it is given away to somebody else, if possible.The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India|R. V. Russell
The family was descended from a Revolutionary soldier, who had an illegitimate feeble-minded son by an imbecile young woman.Society|Henry Kalloch Rowe
To do so to the illegitimate offspring of the King, and on occasions of ceremony, appeared to them monstrous.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
Now there are two senses in which we might ask the question, what reason is, one of which is legitimate, the other illegitimate.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy|W. T. Stace
He seduced his own daughter; and gave notorious evidence of the profligacy of his life by five illegitimate children.Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues|John Alberger
British Dictionary definitions for illegitimate
Word Origin and History for illegitimate
1530s, "born out of wedlock," formed in English (and replacing earlier illegitime, c.1500), modeled on Latin illegitimus "not legitimate" (see il- + legitimate). Sense of "unauthorized, unwarranted" is from 1640s. Phrase illegitimi non carborundum, usually "translated" as "don't let the bastards grind you down," is fake Latin (by 1965, said to date from c.1939) (Carborundum was a brand of abrasives).