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Definition of "bastardy" [bas•tar•dy]

  • The condition of being born of unwed parents; illegitimacy. (noun)
  • The begetting of a bastard. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bastardy" in a sentence
  • "Certainly, the local courts acknowledged midwives 'claims for fee payment and recognized midwifery expenses as legitimate claims in bastardy cases."
  • "Certainly, these fees may have been inflated by the fact that they were being charged in bastardy cases; most likely, amounts charged outside the framework of litigation were lower, if fees were charged at all."
  • "Note 137: Note that these were fees for medical attendance, not witness fees, as were often allowed in bastardy and fornication matters in courts in colonial America. back"