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illegitimize

[ il-i-jit-uh-mahyz ]
/ 瑟l 瑟藞d蕭瑟t 蓹藢ma瑟z /
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verb (used with object), il路le路git路i路mized, il路le路git路i路miz路ing.
to make illegitimate: The decree illegitimized his heirs.
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Also especially British, il路le路git路i路mise . Also il路le路git路i路ma路tize, especially British, il路le路git路i路ma路tise [il-i-jit-uh-muh-tahyz] /藢瑟l 瑟藞d蕭瑟t 蓹 m蓹藢ta瑟z/ .

Origin of illegitimize

First recorded in 1855鈥60; illegitim(ate) + -ize
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How to use illegitimize in a sentence

  • Sometimes they would illegitimize two or three generations in order to find a marriage within the forbidden degrees.

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