illegitimate (adj.) 1530s, "born out of wedlock," formed in English (and replacing earlier illegitime, c.1500), modeled on L. illegitimus "not legitimate" (see IL- (Cf. il-) + LEGITIMATE (Cf. legitimate)). Sense of "unauthorized, unwarranted" is from 1640s. Phrase illegitimi non carborundum, usually "translated" as "don't let the bastards grind you down," is fake Latin (by 1965, said to date from c.1939) (CARBORUNDUM (Cf. Carborundum) was a brand of abrasives).

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  • illegitimate — il·le·git·i·mate /ˌi li ji tə mət/ adj 1: not recognized by the law as offspring; specif: born out of marriage ◇ An illegitimate child is usu. legitimated by his or her parents later marriage. Illegitimate children generally have the same… …   Law dictionary

  • Illegitimate — Il le*git i*mate, a. 1. Not according to law; not regular or authorized; unlawful; improper. [1913 Webster] 2. Unlawfully begotten; born out of wedlock; bastard; as, an illegitimate child. [1913 Webster] 3. Not legitimately deduced or inferred;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illegitimate — [il΄ə jit′ə mət] adj. [< ML illegitimatus, pp. of illegitimare, to make illegitimate < L illegitimus, not lawful: see IN 2 & LEGITIMATE] 1. born of parents not married to each other; bastard 2. incorrectly deduced: not logical [an… …   English World dictionary

  • Illegitimate — Il le*git i*mate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Illegitimated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Illegitimating}.] To render illegitimate; to declare or prove to be born out of wedlock; to bastardize; to illegitimatize. [1913 Webster] The marriage should only be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illegitimate — *unlawful, illegal, illicit Antonyms: legitimate Contrasted words: *lawful, legal, licit …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • illegitimate — [adj] not legal contraband, illegal, illicit, improper, invalid, misbegotten, spurious, supposititious, unauthorized, unconstitutional, unlawful, unsanctioned, wicked, wrong; concepts 319,549 Ant. authorized, blessed, ethical, justifiable, legal …   New thesaurus

  • illegitimate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not in accordance with the law or accepted standards. 2) (of a child) born of parents not lawfully married to each other. DERIVATIVES illegitimacy noun illegitimately adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • illegitimate — illegitimately, adv. illegitimateness, illegitimation, n. adj., n. /il i jit euh mit/; v. /il i jit euh mayt /, adj., n., v., illegitimated, illegitimating. adj. 1. born of parents who are not married to each other; born out of wedlock: an… …   Universalium

  • illegitimate — [[t]ɪ̱lɪʤɪ̱tɪmət[/t]] 1) ADJ A person who is illegitimate was born of parents who were not married to each other. 2) ADJ Illegitimate is used to describe activities and institutions that are not in accordance with the law or with accepted… …   English dictionary

  • illegitimate — adjective /ɪləˈdʒɪtəmət / (say iluh jituhmuht) 1. not legitimate; unlawful: an illegitimate act. 2. born out of wedlock: an illegitimate child. 3. irregular; not in good usage. 4. Logic not in accordance with the principle of inference. –verb (t) …  

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