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bastardize

[bas-ter-dahyz] /ˈbæs tərˌdaɪz/
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
1580-1590
1580-90; bastard + -ize
Related forms
bastardization, noun
unbastardized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bastardize

bastardize

/ˈbɑːstəˌdaɪz; ˈbæs-/
verb (transitive)
1.
to debase; corrupt
2.
(archaic) to declare illegitimate
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Word Origin and History for bastardize
v.

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). Related: Bastardized; bastardizing; bastardization.

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