illegitimacy

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illegitimacy:

see bastardbastard,
person born out of wedlock whose legal status is illegitimacy. In civil law countries and in about half the states of the United States, the union of the parents in marriage after birth makes the child legitimate.
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Illegitimacy

bend sinister
supposed stigma of illegitimate birth. [Heraldry: Misc.]
Clinker, Humphry
servant of Bramble family turns out to be illegitimate son of Mr. Bramble. [Br. Lit.: Humphry Clinker, Payton, 324]
Edmund
illegitimate son of Earl of Gloucester; conspires against father. [Br. Hist.: King Lear]
Jones, Tom
revealed to be Squire Allworthy’s sister Bridget’s illegitimate son. [Br. Lit.: Fielding Tom Jones]
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9) Thus, the most typical situation for an illegitimate child was to remain in a private family, usually the maternal home.
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones shocked the state of Georgia on Wednesday with the revelation that he fathered an illegitimate child during a binge of extra-marital activity that began two years ago.
PRINCE Albert of Monaco confessed yesterday to fathering of a SECOND illegitimate child.
Kitchen suggests the most plausible explanation of his identity was that he was a Tyrolean, possibly the illegitimate child of a Bavarian soldier, who suffered from epilepsy and a form of hereditary mental illness.
PLAYBOY Prince Albert of Monaco confessed yesterday he is the father of a second illegitimate child.
A codicil to his will confirms rumours of an early love affair and illegitimate child, perhaps supporting Sheers'notion of his life in Africa as a kind of extended penance.
Indeed, the irony in this debate was that while legitima te children could not be adopted, in Ireland or abroad, even with their parents' consent, an unmarried mother's consent was not required to send an illegitimate child overseas for adoption.
His position as farming spokesman is being taken by Suffolk South MP Mr Yeo who was forced to quit as a Government Minister in 1994 after the disclosure he had fathered an illegitimate child.
The illegitimate child of a wealthy pampas landowner, Evita came to Buenos Aires at age 16 in 1935 seeking fame and fortune on the silver screen.
It tells the story of Kate Fawcett bringing up an illegitimate child in 1902.
The play tells of a woman who seeks revenge after being ostracised for having an illegitimate child.
The details were sensational: Grace Marks was uncommonly pretty and also extremely young; Kinnear's housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, had previously given birth to an illegitimate child and was Thomas Kinnear's mistress; at her autopsy she was found to be pregnant.