Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Illegitimate \Il`le*git"i*mate\, a.
Not according to law; not regular or authorized; unlawful; improper.
Unlawfully begotten; born out of wedlock; bastard; as, an illegitimate child.
Not legitimately deduced or inferred; illogical; as, an illegitimate inference.
Not authorized by good usage; not genuine; spurious; as, an illegitimate word.
Illegitimate fertilization, or Illegitimate union (Bot.), the fertilization of pistils by stamens not of their own length, in heterogonously dimorphic and trimorphic flowers.
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.
The marriage should only be dissolved for the future,
without illegitimating the issue.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1530s, "born out of wedlock," formed in English (and replacing earlier illegitime, c.1500), modeled on Latin illegitimus "not legitimate" (see il- + 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 was a brand of abrasives).
a. 1 illegal; against the law. 2 Born to unmarried parents. 3 illogical; incorrectly deduced. 4 Not authorized by good usage; not genuine; spurious. 5 (context botany English) Involving the fertilization of pistils by stamens not of their own length, in heterogonously dimorphic and trimorphic flowers.
Usage examples of "illegitimate".
Leon Battista Alberti, the illegitimate offspring of a powerful and wealthy Florentine family, who would soon become the greatest theorist and popularizer of the new art.
Born in 1404, the illegitimate but favored son of a family of rich Florentine merchants, Alberti enjoyed extraordinary intellectual and athletic aptitudes.
It adopts the standard Aristophanic pattern in which an unofficial hero, a marginal member of society, undertakes an illegitimate and metaphoric plot by virtue of which he will not only triumph personally but perversely correct the central social problem that regular, non-comedic society has been unable to solve.
Atahualpa is said by Sarmiento and Yamqui Pachacuti to have been an illegitimate son of Huayna Ccapac by Tocto Coca his cousin, of the ayllu of Pachacuti.
He brooded on the fact that the perfidious Bacheet, that illegitimate son of a Beja father and a Galla pleasure dancer, was under no restrictions as to his nocturnal movements.
THE MEMOIRS OF JACQUES CASANOVA CHAPTER I My Family Pedigree--My Childhood Don Jacob Casanova, the illegitimate son of Don Francisco Casanova, was a native of Saragosa, the capital of Aragon, and in the year of 1428 he carried off Dona Anna Palofax from her convent, on the day after she had taken the veil.
Their compradore was the enormously wealthy Gordon Chen, the illegitimate son of their founder, Dirk Struan, by one of his many mistresses, though not the last, the fabled May-may.
And then imagine, quite plausibly, that at the center of this world moves an illegitimate mulatto woman, and that this woman, Cynara, Cinnamon, or Cindy- beautiful and brown- gets to tell her story.
Some say that at the time of his death, or a short time before, he had nominated one of his illegitimate sons to succeed him named Ccapac Huari, son of a concubine whose name was Chuqui Ocllo.
It is not denied that there may be cases in which a respect to the general principles of liberty, the essential rights of the people, or the overruling sentiments of humanity, might require a government, whether new or old, to be treated as an illegitimate despotism.
Aunadar and the entire Bleth clan-every last high-nosed noble and illegitimate woodchopper among them, back to the dawn days of the kingdom.
Aunadar and the entire Bleth clanevery last high-nosed noble and illegitimate woodchopper among them, back to the dawn days of the kingdom.
June 15, the provincial legislature of New Jersey had ordered the arrest of its royal governor, William Franklin, the estranged, illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, and authorized its delegates in Congress to vote for independence.
Sugar House mobsters often picked up additional income by extorting money out of both legitimate and illegitimate neighborhood businesses.
The empress did not practise the sublime virtue of tolerance for what is called illegitimate love, and in her excessive devotion she thought that her persecutions of the most natural inclinations in man and woman were very agreeable to God.