Definition of bastardize in English:


(British bastardise)


[with object]
  • 1often as adjective bastardizedCorrupt or debase (a language, art form, etc.), typically by adding new elements.

    ‘a strange, bastardized form of French’
    • ‘But cyber-English has its limitations - and isn't about to further bastardize the language in the real world.’
    • ‘Local forms are endlessly trivialized, bastardized and wedded to the worst aspects of Western speculative ‘architecture’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course you deserve more fitting punishments than having your pictures bastardized, but I'm feeling quite benevolent.’
    • ‘The meaning of the term is now completely misinterpreted 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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Must be nice: getting a fat royalty dividend each and every time you have your legacy bastardized.’
    • ‘Please stop bastardising the language and GET YOUR GRAMMAR RIGHT.’
    • ‘Their manager then bastardised their songs and tweaked them to make them top 40 friendly.’
    • ‘But over the years, this was bastardized to suit successive tenants, who used it as a theater, art-film house and commercial cinema.’
    • ‘Throughout the years, the idea of ‘punk rock ‘became both idealized and bastardized.’’
    • ‘All this over some bastardized rock-electronica, the sound of someone trying desperately to be contemporary.’
    • ‘It is bastardized in order to negate everything that it was intended to mean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The word ‘democracy’ is sadly being bastardized to such a degree that it's losing its meaning.’
    adulterate, corrupt, contaminate, weaken, dilute, spoil, taint, pollute, foul, defile, debase, degrade, devalue, depreciate, distort
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  • 2archaic Declare (someone) illegitimate.

    ‘he hopes to annul the marriage and bastardize the issue’
    • ‘The law is so indulgent as not to bastardize the child, if born, though not begotten, in lawful wedlock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’