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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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Partisans of a general crisis of the seventeenth century will take heart to learn that within their period (say 1630-1730), ages at marriage were higher, births out of wedlock were rarer, brides were less often pregnant, parity progression ratios were lower, and births came more seldom to wives in their forties.
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Perhaps the gravest social challenge facing America today is the skyrocketing increase in out-of-wedlock births, which have increased by more than 400% since 1960, when 5.3% of all births were out of wedlock. Among whites, 2.3% were out of wedlock; among blacks, 23%.
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