illegitimateness

illegitimate

[adj., n. il-i-jit-uh-mit; v. il-i-jit-uh-meyt]
adjective
1.
born of parents who are not married to each other; born out of wedlock: an illegitimate child.
2.
not legitimate; not sanctioned by law or custom.
3.
unlawful; illegal: an illegitimate action.
4.
irregular; not in good usage.
5.
Logic. not in accordance with the principles of valid inference.
6.
Obsolete.
a.
of or pertaining to stage plays in which musical numbers were inserted because of laws that gave only a few theaters the exclusive right to produce straight dramas.
b.
acting in or producing such productions.
noun
7.
a person recognized or looked upon as illegitimate.
verb (used with object), illegitimated, illegitimating.
8.
to declare illegitimate.

Origin:
1530–40; il-2 + legitimate

illegitimately, adverb
illegitimateness, illegitimation, noun


2, 3. See illegal.
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illegitimate (ˌɪlɪˈdʒɪtɪmɪt)
 
adj
1.  born of parents who were not married to each other at the time of birth; bastard
2.  forbidden by law; illegal; unlawful
3.  contrary to logic; incorrectly reasoned
 
n
4.  an illegitimate person; bastard
 
ille'gitimacy
 
n
 
ille'gitimateness
 
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ille'gitimately
 
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illegitimate
1536, "born out of wedlock," formed in Eng., modeled on L. illegitimus "not legitimate." Sense of "unauthorized, unwarranted" is from 1645. Phrase illegitimati non carborundum, usually "translated" as "don't let the bastards grind you down," is fake Latin from c.1939. Carborundum was a brand of abrasives
(reg. trademark U.S. June 21, 1892, by Carborundum Co. of Monongahela City, Pa.). The compound was made from carbon and silicon; the word from carbon + corundum.
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