bastardize

verb bas·tard·ize \ ˈba-stər-ˌdīz \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of bastardize

bastardized; bastardizing
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

bastardization

play \ˌbas-tər-də-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of bastardize in a Sentence

  1. It's a shame to see how Hollywood has bastardized the novel.

  2. The restaurant serves a bastardized version of the classic French dish.

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Origin and Etymology of bastardize


BASTARDIZE Defined for English Language Learners

bastardize

verb

Definition of bastardize for English Language Learners

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



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