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bas·tard / ˈbastərd/ • n. 1. archaic or derog. a person born of parents not married to each other. 2. inf. an unpleasant or despicable person: he lied to me, the bastard! ∎  a person (used to suggest an emotion such as pity or envy): the poor bastard. ∎  a difficult or awkward thing, undertaking, or situation: it's been an absolute bastard of a week. • adj. 1. archaic or derog. born of parents not married to each other; illegitimate: a bastard child. 2. (of a thing) no longer in its pure or original form; debased: a bastard Darwinism. DERIVATIVES: bas·tar·dy n. (in sense 1 of the noun ). ORIGIN: Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin bastardus.

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bastard XIII. — OF. bastard (mod. bǎtard) :- medL. bastardus, of uncert. orig.
Hence bastardize XVI, bastardy XV (Cf. AN. bastardie XIII); see -IZE, -Y3.

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