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bastard

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1 born to a father and mother who are not married
  • Alexander Hamilton appears to have been bothered by the fact that he was a bastard child

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2 falling short of a standard
  • a bastard knockoff of a far superior thriller

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bastard

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Synonyms & Antonyms of bastard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 an illegitimate child
  • one of history's most illustrious bastards was England's first Norman king, William the Conqueror

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2 an adult male human being
  • that lucky bastard has won the raffle three times in a row

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3 a person whose behavior is offensive to others
  • that bastard's behavior was completely out of line

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“Bastard.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bastard. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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