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 for bastardy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bastardy \Bas"tar*dy\, n.
     1. The state of being a bastard; illegitimacy.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The procreation of a bastard child. --Wharton.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bastardy
      n 1: the status of being born to parents who were not married
           [syn: bastardy, illegitimacy, bar sinister]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BASTARDY, crim. law. The offence of begetting a bastard child.
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BASTARDY, persons. The state or condition of a bastard. The law presumes 
  every child legitimate, when born of a woman in a state of wedlock, and 
  casts the onus probandi (q. v.) on the party who affirms the bastardy. 
  Stark. Ev. h. t. 
  
  

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