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[muhng-gruh-lahyz, mong-]
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verb (used with object), mon·grel·ized, mon·grel·iz·ing.
  1. to subject (a breed, group, etc.) to crossbreeding, especially with one considered inferior.
  2. to mix the kinds, classes, types, characters, or sources of origin of (people, animals, or things).
  3. to make debased or impure: The French they speak is mongrelized.
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Also especially British, mon·grel·ise.

Origin of mongrelize

First recorded in 1620–30; mongrel + -ize
Related formsmon·grel·i·za·tion, nounmon·grel·iz·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mongrelize



  1. (tr) to make mixed or mongrel in breed, race, character, kind, etc
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Derived Formsmongrelization or mongrelisation, nounmongrelizer or mongreliser, noun
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