What does the word illegitimate mean?

Usage examples for illegitimate

  1. In many of the weaker things, and not a few of the better, of the volumes of 1830 and 1832, there is to be seen both the wonderful music which Keats attained by a combination of the classical and romantic appeals- the appeals which in his own case are singly exhibited at their best in the " Grecian Urn" and in " La Belle Dame sans Merci,"- and the sometimes faulty and illegitimate means which Keats took to produce this effect. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  2. Though my life had not passed in the most even tenour with my mother, it was paradise to that I was destined to endure with my father's mistress, jealous of her illegitimate authority. – Maria The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  3. Nobody had ever called him illegitimate in just that way before. – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer