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bastard +‎ -ize



bastardize (third-person singular simple present bastardizes, present participle bastardizing, simple past and past participle bastardized)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To introduce debased elements into.
  4. 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.