- 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 illegitimately
Should one happen to be illegitimately born, he is not eligible to a trade, though he even be holy.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II|Martin Luther
The English law has always looked with great disfavor on the illegitimately born child.
The will, which is illegitimately stretched to include feeling, is treated as the creator as well as the discerner of reality.Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge
In many ways the position of the illegitimately born child, always sufficiently bad, has been rendered worse under war conditions.
“Love” from any other source is illegitimately wearing a stolen name.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year|John Henry Jowett
British Dictionary definitions for illegitimately
Word Origin and History for illegitimately
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).