Definition of bastardize in English:


(British bastardise)


[with object]
  • 1Change (something) in such a way as to lower its quality or value, typically by adding new elements.

    ‘our biggest fear was they were going to take our script and bastardize it’
    • ‘It is hard to imagine something more cynical than the way the administration has bastardized and abused the meaning of ‘patriotism’ to get the rest of us to look the other way while their friends raid the treasury.’
    • ‘Their manager then bastardised their songs and tweaked them to make them top 40 friendly.’
    • ‘The meaning of the term is now completely misinterpreted and bastardized.’
    • ‘But cyber-English has its limitations - and isn't about to further bastardize the language in the real world.’
    • ‘A notable feature of pidgins is lack of grammatical complexity; for this reason, they are often referred to at best as simple or simplified languages, at worst as bastardized or broken forms of another language.’
    • ‘Local forms are endlessly trivialized, bastardized and wedded to the worst aspects of Western speculative ‘architecture’.’
    • ‘‘Artificial’ is not an antonym of ‘natural,’ despite the fact that the term's been a bit bastardized to assume that connotation over the years.’
    • ‘Must be nice: getting a fat royalty dividend each and every time you have your legacy bastardized.’
    • ‘The word ‘democracy’ is sadly being bastardized to such a degree that it's losing its meaning.’
    • ‘It is bastardized in order to negate everything that it was intended to mean.’
    • ‘But over the years, this was bastardized to suit successive tenants, who used it as a theater, art-film house and commercial cinema.’
    • ‘Of course you deserve more fitting punishments than having your pictures bastardized, but I'm feeling quite benevolent.’
    • ‘I think the globalization of hip hop has bastardized the culture a little bit, but I understand that's natural in the progression and growth of a particular type of music…’
    • ‘Why bastardize any film by giving it the pan and scan treatment?’
    • ‘The low status of pidgin and Creole languages is generally a consequence of the fact that they have not been regarded as fully-fledged languages, but as corrupt and bastardized versions of some other language.’
    • ‘Please stop bastardising the language and GET YOUR GRAMMAR RIGHT.’
    • ‘‘The form has become bastardized, but eventually people will realize they won't get rich doing this - there are too many of them - and the good teachers will remain,’ he said.’
    • ‘Throughout the years, the idea of ‘punk rock ‘became both idealized and bastardized.’’
    • ‘It was difficult for him to read, set in some bastardized version of his language he barely understood, but he thought it might be rare, and enjoyed it anyway.’
    • ‘All this over some bastardized rock-electronica, the sound of someone trying desperately to be contemporary.’
    adulterate, corrupt, contaminate, weaken, dilute, spoil, taint, pollute, foul, defile, debase, degrade, devalue, depreciate, distort
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  • 2archaic Declare (someone) illegitimate.

    ‘the Act of 1534 bastardized Princess Mary’
    • ‘He objected to the admissibility of the paternity test, asserted that he stood in loco parentis to the child, and argued that public policy prevented appellant from bastardizing the child.’
    • ‘He had that marriage annulled, bastardizing Mary in the process.’
    • ‘The following month, Mary's first Parliament acknowledged the validity of Catherine of Aragon's marriage, by implication bastardizing Elizabeth once more.’
    • ‘I had every intention of giving it to that son of mine until he got himself bastardized.’
    • ‘The law is so indulgent as not to bastardize the child, if born, though not begotten, in lawful wedlock.’