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 bastardize (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.
Recent Examples on the Web As a carcass decomposes, the bacteria in the body itself runs rampant, producing its signature stink and bastardizing the soil’s microbiome. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Macabre Science of Animal Mass Die-Offs," 21 Jan. 2020 The initial fear that the band was going to make a killing on wading-pool-deep music and basically bastardize country music was way off-base. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Rascal Flatts is calling it quits: A look back at 20 years of being proven wrong: Chuck Yarborough," 8 Jan. 2020 The story of Christmas, which has been so deeply bastardized by commercialism and consumerism, and which is actually about good will to all persons, is written so deeply into me. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Emma Thompson breaks down her inspirations for Last Christmas," 5 Nov. 2019 From a culinary standpoint, however, that influence was bastardized by the French and English, as colonizers scrambled to re-create familiar recipes with ingredients that weren’t readily available or easy to produce on Dominica. Fortune, "Foraging for High-End Meals on Dominica, the Caribbean’s Best-Kept Secret," 25 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of bastardize

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bastardize

bastard entry 1 + -ize

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The first known use of bastardize was in 1585

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“Bastardize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bastardize

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

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