transitive verb

Definition of abastardize



  1. :  bastardize, debase

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Origin and Etymology of abastardize

modification (with verb suffix conformed to -ize) of Middle French abastardir, going back to Old French, from a-, prefix in transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + bastardir, verb derivative of bastard 1bastard

First Known Use: 1574

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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