bas·​tard·​ize | \ ˈba-stər-ˌdīz How to pronounce bastardize (audio) \
bastardized; bastardizing

Definition of bastardize

transitive verb

1 : to reduce from a higher to a lower state or condition : debase
2 : to declare or prove to be a bastard
3 : to modify especially by introducing discordant or disparate elements

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Other Words from bastardize

bastardization \ ˌba-​stər-​də-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce bastardization (audio) \ noun

Examples of bastardize in a Sentence

It's a shame to see how Hollywood has bastardized the novel. The restaurant serves a bastardized version of the classic French dish.

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Chefs have been creative but don’t want to bastardize it completely. Lucas Shaw, The Seattle Times, "From pig-shaped bao to ‘Pac Man’ dumplings, chefs now make dim sum for the Instagram generation," 25 Mar. 2019 In a particularly impassioned rant, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shredded Democrats for, in his mind, permanently bastardizing the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 7 most important moments from Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 That means its geisha varietal, which grows so well in this less-than-tropical climate, won't get bastardized by accidental cross-pollination. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Cannabis Tech Can Help Build a Better Cup of Coffee," 27 Mar. 2018 The people who have bastardized what hotep means are contributing to that problem. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Last Hotep," 12 Jan. 2018 For whatever reason, some educators seem intent on finding more and more ways to bastardize pedagogy in pursuit of their ideological agendas. Grant Addison, National Review, "‘Anti-Racist’: ‘I Will Always Call on My Black Women Students First’," 27 Oct. 2017 This was during that sweet spot of Korean immigration in America — a decade or so after the arrival of the first major waves but before their descendants bastardized the cuisine with their kimchi tacos. Minju Pak, New York Times, "The Extra-Long Hair Trend, Decoded," 19 Sep. 2017 This is to acknowledge the deaths from these extremist groups that have bastardized Islam to suit their own warped sense of perversion. Orange County Register, "Letters: President Trump," 21 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of bastardize

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bastardize

bastard entry 1 + -ize

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The first known use of bastardize was in 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of bastardize

disapproving : to produce a poor copy or version of (something)

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