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  1. [n]  a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
  2. [n]  the status of being born to parents who were not married
 Synonyms: bastardy, bend sinister, illegitimacy
 See Also: brand, mark, ordinary, position, stain, status, stigma



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