bas·​tardy | \ ˈba-stər-dē How to pronounce bastardy (audio) \
plural bastardies

Definition of bastardy

1 : the quality or state of being a bastard
2 : the begetting of an illegitimate child

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bastardy


bar sinister, illegitimacy, spuriousness



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Examples of bastardy in a Sentence

acutely conscious of his bastardy, he always felt the need to prove himself

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Johanna Luthman, a historian at the University of North Georgia, has worked for years to understand the practice and repercussions of fornication, adultery and bastardy among the early 17th-century English aristocracy. Richard Davenport-hines, WSJ, "When Adultery Meant Exile," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bastardy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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