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1‘he had fathered a bastard’
illegitimate child, child born out of wedlock
archaic, dated love child, by-blow
archaic natural child, natural daughter, natural son
2‘the director's an arrogant bastard’
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
informal scumbag, pig, swine, louse, hound, cur, rat, beast, son of a bitch, s.o.b., low life, skunk, nasty piece of work, ratbag, wrong 'un
British informal git, toerag, scrote
Irish informal spalpeen, sleeveen
North American informal fink, rat fink
West Indian informal scamp
Australian NZ informal dingo
informal, dated cad, heel, rotter, bounder, bad egg, bad lot, dastard, knave, stinker, blighter
informal, archaic blackguard, miscreant, varlet, vagabond, rapscallion, whoreson
informal, vulgar slang sod, bugger, shit, fucker
North American informal, vulgar slang fuck, motherfucker, mofo, mother
1‘a bastard child’
illegitimate, born out of wedlock
2‘a bastard language’
adulterated, impure, inferior
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