Meaning of bastardry in English:



mass noun informal mainly Australian
  • Cruel, despicable, or otherwise unpleasant behaviour.

    • ‘blocking the debate was an act of political bastardry’
    • ‘He gave unscrupulous people the go ahead to commit acts of bastardry.’
    • ‘Aussie politicians are generally very, very good at low bastardry.’
    • ‘She is a fierce champion of equality of opportunity, having endured the bastardry of the Queensland government decades ago.’
    • ‘The hooking role is the most aggressively confrontational in the union game - an exercise in naked, no-holds-barred bastardry.’
    • ‘The only viable defence against such bastardry rests with National print media truly living up to their professional journalistic standards.’
    • ‘I did not note anyone ask her about this act of complete bastardry.’
    • ‘Politics in New Zealand needs more low bastardry, not this kind of amateur hour stuff.’
    • ‘These little acts of bastardry are proof they know their goose is cooked.’
    • ‘Now they are being rewarded for their bastardry to our children with no requirement that they even spend it on education.’
    • ‘Perhaps caucus members felt that increasing the future incidence of bastardry was a price worth paying in the effort to put the nightmare behind them.’



/ˈbɑːstədri/ /ˈbastədri/


1940s from bastard + -ry.