bastardization

bastardize

[bas-ter-dahyz]
verb (used with object), bastardized, bastardizing.
1.
to lower in condition or worth; debase: hybrid works that neither preserve nor bastardize existing art forms.
2.
to declare or prove (someone) to be a bastard.
3.
Australian. to harass or humiliate as part of initiation into a college or regiment.
verb (used without object), bastardized, bastardizing.
4.
to become debased.
Also, especially British, bastardise.


Origin:
1580–90; bastard + -ize

bastardization, noun
unbastardized, adjective
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bastardization or bastardisation (ˌbɑːstədaɪˈzeɪʃən, ˌbæs-, ˌbɑːstədaɪˈzeɪʃən, ˌbæs-)
 
n
1.  the act of bastardizing
2.  (Austral)
 a.  an initiation ceremony in a school or military unit, esp one involving brutality
 b.  brutality or bullying
 
bastardisation or bastardisation
 
n

bastardize or bastardise (ˈbɑːstəˌdaɪz, ˈbæs-, ˈbɑːstəˌdaɪz, ˈbæs-)
 
vb
1.  to debase; corrupt
2.  archaic to declare illegitimate
 
bastardise or bastardise
 
vb

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bastardize
1610s, "to identify as a bastard," from bastard (q.v.) + -ize. The figurative sense, "to make degenerate, debase" is earlier (1580s), probably because bastard also was serving as a verb meaning "to declare illegitimate" (1540s).
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