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

  Bastard \Bas"tard\, a.
     1. Begotten and born out of lawful matrimony; illegitimate.
        See Bastard, n., note.
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     2. Lacking in genuineness; spurious; false; adulterate; --
        applied to things which resemble those which are genuine,
        but are really not so.
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              That bastard self-love which is so vicious in
              itself, and productive of so many vices. --Barrow.
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     3. Of an unusual or irregular make or proportion; as, a
        bastard musket; a bastard culverin. [Obs.]
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     4. (Print.) Abbreviated, as the half title in a page
        preceding the full title page of a book.
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     Bastard ashlar (Arch.), stones for ashlar work, roughly
        squared at the quarry.
     Bastard file, a file intermediate between the coarsest and
        the second cut.
     Bastard type (Print.), type having the face of a larger or
        a smaller size than the body; e. g., a nonpareil face on a
        brevier body.
     Bastard wing (Zool.), three to five quill feathers on a
        small joint corresponding to the thumb in some mammalia;
        the alula.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bastard \Bas"tard\, n. [OF. bastard, bastart, F. b?tard, prob.
     fr. OF. bast, F. b?t, a packsaddle used as a bed by the
     muleteers (fr. LL. bastum) + -ard. OF. fils de bast son of
     the packsaddle; as the muleteers were accustomed to use their
     saddles for beds in the inns. See Cervantes, "Don Quixote,"
     chap. 16; and cf. G. bankert, fr. bank bench.]
     1. A "natural" child; a child begotten and born out of
        wedlock; an illegitimate child; one born of an illicit
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     Note: By the civil and canon laws, and by the laws of many of
           the United States, a bastard becomes a legitimate child
           by the intermarriage of the parents at any subsequent
           time. But by those of England, and of some states of
           the United States, a child, to be legitimate, must at
           least be born after the lawful marriage. --Kent.
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     2. (Sugar Refining)
        (a) An inferior quality of soft brown sugar, obtained from
            the sirups that have already had several boilings.
        (b) A large size of mold, in which sugar is drained.
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     3. A sweet Spanish wine like muscatel in flavor.
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              Brown bastard is your only drink.     --Shak.
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     4. A writing paper of a particular size. See Paper.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bastard \Bas"tard\, v. t.
     To bastardize. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cod \Cod\, n. [Cf. G. gadde, and (in Heligoland) gadden, L.
     gadus merlangus.] (Zool.)
     An important edible fish ({Gadus morrhua), taken in immense
     numbers on the northern coasts of Europe and America. It is
     especially abundant and large on the Grand Bank of
     Newfoundland. It is salted and dried in large quantities.
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     Note: There are several varieties; as shore cod, from
           shallow water; bank cod, from the distant banks; and
           rock cod, which is found among ledges, and is often
           dark brown or mottled with red. The tomcod is a
           distinct species of small size. The bastard, blue,
           buffalo, or cultus cod of the Pacific coast belongs
           to a distinct family. See Buffalo cod, under
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     Cod fishery, the business of fishing for cod.
     Cod line, an eighteen-thread line used in catching codfish.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: fraudulent; having a misleading appearance [syn: bogus,
             fake, phony, phoney, bastard]
      n 1: insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or
           irritating or ridiculous [syn: asshole, bastard,
           cocksucker, dickhead, shit, mother fucker,
           motherfucker, prick, whoreson, son of a bitch,
      2: the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents [syn:
         bastard, by-blow, love child, illegitimate child,
         illegitimate, whoreson]
      3: derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine;
         something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin; "the
         architecture was a kind of bastard suggesting Gothic but not
         true Gothic" [syn: bastard, mongrel]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "bastard":
     SOB, affected, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, bantling,
     bar sinister, baseborn, bastard child, bastardy, bird, blackguard,
     bogus, brummagem, bugger, by-blow, cat, chap, character, colorable,
     colored, counterfeit, counterfeited, creep, criminal, cross,
     crossbred, crossbreed, devil, distorted, dressed up, duck, dummy,
     embellished, embroidered, enfant terrible, ersatz, evildoer,
     factitious, fake, faked, false, falsified, fart, fatherless,
     feigned, feller, fellow, fictitious, fictive, garbled, guy,
     half blood, half-breed, heel, hood, hooligan, illegitimacy,
     illegitimate, illegitimate child, imitation, jasper, jerk, joker,
     junky, knave, lad, limb, louse, love child, lowlife, make-believe,
     malefactor, man-made, meanie, misbegotten, mischief, miscreant,
     miscreated, mock, mongrel, mother, mule, natural, offender,
     perverted, phony, pill, pinchbeck, pretended, pseudo, put-on,
     quasi, queer, rapscallion, rascal, rat, reprobate, rogue, scalawag,
     scoundrel, self-styled, sham, shit, shithead, shitheel, shoddy,
     simulated, sinner, so-called, soi-disant, spurious, stinkard,
     stinker, stud, supposititious, synthetic, tin, tinsel, titivated,
     turd, twisted, unauthentic, ungenuine, unnatural, unreal, warped

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     In the Old Testament the rendering of the Hebrew word _mamzer'_,
     which means "polluted." In Deut. 23:2, it occurs in the ordinary
     sense of illegitimate offspring. In Zech. 9:6, the word is used
     in the sense of foreigner. From the history of Jephthah we learn
     that there were bastard offspring among the Jews (Judg. 11:1-7).
     In Heb. 12:8, the word (Gr. nothoi) is used in its ordinary
     sense, and denotes those who do not share the privileges of
     God's children.

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

  BASTARD. A word derived from bas or bast, signifying abject, low, base; and 
  aerd, nature. Minshew, Co. Lit. 244; a. Enfant de bas, a child of low birth. 
  Dupin. According to Blackstone, 1 Com. 454, a bastard in the law sense of 
  the word, is a person not only begotten, but born out of lawful matrimony. 
  This definition does not appear to be complete, inasmuch as it does not 
  embrace the case of a person who is the issue of an illicit connection, 
  during the coverture of his mother. The common law, says the Mirror, only 
  taketh him to be a son whom the marriage proveth to be so. Horne's Mirror, 
  c. 2, Sec. 7; see Glanv. lib 8, cap. 13 Bract. 63, a. b.; 2 Salk. 427;, 8 
  East, 204. A bastard may be perhaps defined to be one who is born of an 
  illicit union, and before the lawful marriage of his parents. 
       2. A man is a bastard if born, first) before the marriage of his 
  parents; but although he may have been begotten while his parents were 
  single, yet if they afterwards marry, and he is born during the coverture, 
  he is legitimate. 1 Bl. Com. 455, 6. Secondly, if born during the coverture, 
  under circumstances which render it impossible that the husband of his 
  mother can be his father. 6 Binn. 283; 1 Browne's R. Appx. xlvii.; 4 T. R. 
  356; Str. 940 Id. 51 8 East, 193; Hardin's R. 479. It seems by the Gardner 
  peerage case, reported by Dennis Le Marebant, esquire, that strong moral 
  improbability that the husband is not the father, is sufficient to 
  bastardize the issue. Bac. Ab. tit. Bastardy, A, last ed. Thirdly, if born 
  beyond a competent time after the coverture has determined. Stark. Ev. part 
  4, p. 221, n. a Co. Litt. 123, b, by Hargrave & Butler in the note. See 
       3. The principal right which bastard children have, is that of 
  maintenance from their parents. 1 Bl. Com. 458; Code Civ. of Lo. 254 to 262. 
  To protect the public from their support, the law compels the putative 
  father to maintain his bastard children. See Bastardy; Putative father. 
       4. Considered as nullius filius, a bastard has no inheritable blood in 
  him, and therefore no estate can descend. to him; but he may take by 
  testament, if properly described, after he has obtained a name by reputation. 
  1 Rop. Lew. 76, 266; Com. Dig. Descent, C, l2; Ie. Bastard, E; Co. Lit. 123, 
  a; Id. 3, a; 1 T. R. 96 Doug. 548 3 Dana, R. 233; 4 Pick. R. 93; 4 Desaus. 
  434. But this hard rule has been somewhat mitigated in some of the states, 
  where, by statute, various inheritable qualities have been conferred upon 
  bastards. See 5 Conn. 228; 1 Dev. Eq. R. 345; 2 Root, 280; 5 Wheat.. 207; 3 
  H. & M. 229, n; 5 Call. 143; 3 Dana, 233. 
       5. Bastards can acquire the rights of legitimate children only by an 
  act of the legislature. 1 Bl. Com. 460; 4 Inst. 36. 
       6. By the laws of Louisiana, a bastard is one who is born of an illicit 
  union. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 27, 199. There are two sorts of illegitimate 
  children; first, those who are born of two persons, who, at the moment such 
  children were conceived, might have legally contracted marriage with each 
  other; and, secondly, those who are born from persons, to whose marriage 
  there existed at the time, some legal impediment. Id. art. 200. An 
  adulterous bastard is one produced by an unlawful connexion between two 
  persons, who, at the time he was conceived, were, either of them, or both, 
  connected by marriage with some other person or persons. Id. art. 201. 
  Incestuous bastards are those who are produced by the illegal connexion of 
  two persons who are relations within the degrees prohibited by law. Id. art. 
       7. Bastards, generally speaking, belong to no family, and have no 
  relations; accordingly they are not subject to paternal authority, even when 
  they have been acknowledged. See 11 East, 7, n. Nevertheless, fathers and 
  mothers owe alimony. to their children when they are in need. Id. art. 254, 
  256. Alimony is due to bastards, though they be adulterous or incestuous, by 
  the mother and her ascendants. Id. art. 262. 
       8. Children born out of marriage, except those who are born from an 
  incestuous or adulterous connexion, may be legitimated by the subsequent 
  marriage of their father and mother, whenever the latter have legally 
  acknowledged them for their children, either before the marriage or by the 
  contract of marriage itself. Every other mode of legitimating children is 
  abolished. Id. art. 217. Legitimation may even be extended to deceased 
  children who have left issue, and in that ease, it enures to the benefit of 
  that issue. Id. art. 218. Children legitimated by a subsequent marriage, 
  have the same rights as if born during the marriage. Id. art. 219. See, 
  generally, Vin. Abr. Bastards Bac. Abr. Bastard; Com. Dig. Bastard; Metc. & 
  Perk. Dig. h. t.; the various other American Digests, h. t.; Harr. Dig. h. 
  t.; 1 Bl. Com. 454 to 460; Co. Litt. 3, b.; Bouv. Inst. Index, h. t., And 
  Access; Bastardy; Gestation; Natural Children. 

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