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- The condition of being illegitimate, of being born to an unmarried woman or as the fruit of adultery.
- Go, after, after, cousin Buckingham.
- The Mayor towards Guildhall hies him in all post:—
- There, at your meet'st advantage of the time,
- Infer the bastardy of Edward's children:
- Tell them how Edward put to death a citizen,
- Only for saying he would make his son
- Heir to the crown;—meaning, indeed, his house,
- Which, by the sign thereof, was termed so.
- — Shakespeare, Richard III
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