verb (used with object), bas·tard·ized, bas·tard·iz·ing.
- to lower in condition or worth; debase: hybrid works that neither preserve nor bastardize existing art forms.
- to declare or prove (someone) to be a bastard.
- Australian. to harass or humiliate as part of initiation into a college or regiment.
verb (used without object), bas·tard·ized, bas·tard·iz·ing.
- to become debased.
- the act of bastardizing
- an initiation ceremony in a school or military unit, esp one involving brutality
- brutality or bullying
- to debase; corrupt
- archaic to declare illegitimate
1610s, “to identify as a bastard,” from bastard (q.v.) + -ize. The figurative sense, “to make degenerate, debase” is earlier (1580s), probably because bastard also was serving as a verb meaning “to declare illegitimate” (1540s). Related: Bastardized; bastardizing; bastardization.