bastard + -ize
bastardize (third-person singular simple present bastardizes, present participle bastardizing, simple past and past participle bastardized)
- To claim or demonstrate that someone is a bastard, or illegitimate.
- The law is so indulgent as not to bastardize the child, if born, though not begotten, in lawful wedlock. — Blackstone.
- To reduce from a higher to a lower state; to debase.
- The simplified word processor is a less-functional, bastardized version of the full program.
- To introduce debased elements into.
- To beget out of wedlock.
c. 1603–1606, Shakespeare, William, King Lear, act 1, scene 2, lines 130–132:
- I should / have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the / firmament twinkled on my bastardizing.