Basic Guidelines For English Spellings
1 archaic, derogatory The state of being born to parents who are not married to each other; illegitimacy.
- ‘while bastardy was not always a bar to succession, it certainly made things more difficult’
- 1.1The action of fathering an illegitimate child or children.
- ‘a man charged with bastardy might be ordered to marry the child's mother’
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