One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cruel, despicable, or otherwise unpleasant behaviour.‘blocking the debate was an act of political bastardry’
- ‘The only viable defence against such bastardry rests with National print media truly living up to their professional journalistic standards.’
- ‘These little acts of bastardry are proof they know their goose is cooked.’
- ‘Now they are being rewarded for their bastardry to our children with no requirement that they even spend it on education.’
- ‘The hooking role is the most aggressively confrontational in the union game - an exercise in naked, no-holds-barred bastardry.’
- ‘He gave unscrupulous people the go ahead to commit acts of bastardry.’
- ‘I did not note anyone ask her about this act of complete bastardry.’
- ‘Politics in New Zealand needs more low bastardry, not this kind of amateur hour stuff.’
- ‘Aussie politicians are generally very, very good at low bastardry.’
- ‘Perhaps caucus members felt that increasing the future incidence of bastardry was a price worth paying in the effort to put the nightmare behind them.’
- ‘She is a fierce champion of equality of opportunity, having endured the bastardry of the Queensland government decades ago.’
1940s: from bastard + -ry.
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