mongrelize

[ muhng-gruh-lahyz, mong- ]
/ ˈmʌŋ grəˌlaɪz, ˈmɒŋ- /

verb (used with object), mon·grel·ized, mon·grel·iz·ing.

to subject (a breed, group, etc.) to crossbreeding, especially with one considered inferior.
to mix the kinds, classes, types, characters, or sources of origin of (people, animals, or things).
to make debased or impure: The French they speak is mongrelized.

Nearby words

  1. mongolism,
  2. mongoloid,
  3. mongols,
  4. mongoose,
  5. mongrel,
  6. mongrelly,
  7. mongst,
  8. mongu,
  9. monial,
  10. monic

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

mongrelize

mongrelise

/ (ˈmʌŋɡrəˌlaɪz) /

verb

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

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