Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To lower in quality or character; debase.
  • transitive v. To declare or prove (someone) to be a bastard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To claim or demonstrate that someone is a bastard, or illegitimate.
  • v. To reduce from a higher to a lower state; to debase.
  • v. To introduce debased elements into.
  • v. To beget out of wedlock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make or prove to be a bastard; to stigmatize as a bastard; to declare or decide legally to be illegitimate.
  • transitive v. To beget out of wedlock.
  • transitive v. to change something (for example, art forms) so that its value declines; to debase.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To declare or prove to be a bastard; stigmatize as a bastard.
  • To beget out of wedlock.
  • To render mongrel or hybrid; make degenerate; debase: as, “a bastardized race of the Romans,”
  • To become degenerate.
  • Also spelled bastardise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
  • v. declare a child to be illegitimate

Etymologies

bastard +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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