A Hebrew and Yiddish word; these days mamzer (or momzer) is generally translated as 'bastard'. Traditionally it meant the offspring resulting from a forbidden marriage -- such marriages include incest, adultery, or the marriage of a Jew and a heathen. A female mamzer is a Mamzeres.

Mam"zer (?), n. [Heb. m�xa0;mzr.]

A person born of relations between whom marriage was forbidden by the Mosaic law; a bastard.

Deut. xxiii. 2 (Douay version).


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