illegitimateness

[ adjective, noun il-i-jit-uh-mit; verb il-i-jit-uh-meyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF illegitimateness

Synonyms for illegitimateness

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WORD ORIGIN

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).

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