One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounderogatory, archaic
1The state of being born to parents who are not married to each other; illegitimacy.‘while bastardy was not always a bar to succession, it certainly made things more difficult’
- 1.1 The action of fathering an illegitimate child or children.‘a man charged with bastardy might be ordered to marry the child's mother’
- 1.1 The action of fathering an illegitimate child or children.
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