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bastardy

[bas-ter-dee] /ˈbæs tər di/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being a bastard; illegitimacy.
2.
the act of begetting a bastard.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French bastardie. See bastard, -y3
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Examples for bastardy
  • There is no known illegitimacy on the maternal side, but there is a long history of bastardy on the grand paternal side.
  • Examples would be civil cases appealed from municipal courts and bastardy cases from county courts.
British Dictionary definitions for bastardy

bastardy

/ˈbɑːstədɪ; ˈbæs-/
noun
1.
(archaic) the condition of being a bastard; illegitimacy
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