What is the opposite of legitimate?

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Adjective
Opposite of conforming to the law or to rules
“Chronic illegal activity can reduce a neighborhood to a mere shell of the healthy community it once was.”
Adjective
Opposite of based on correct or acceptable principles of reasoning
“Using classism to associate negative behaviors to the less fortunate is simply an insulting and invalid justification for this behavior.”
Adjective
Opposite of real and exactly what it appears to be
“We were surprised at the amount of fake merchandise available for sale.”
Adjective
Opposite of treating people equally without favoritism or discrimination
“If there was even a hint that the judge might be biased, I'd certainly be unhappy about it.”
Adjective
Opposite of free from blame, guilt or censure
Adjective
Opposite of having a good reputation
Adjective
Opposite of possible to be treated as fact
“During our second drink, I sketch imaginary facts about an imaginary life.”
Adjective
Opposite of without artificiality or insincerity
“Mark's insincere apology was met with a disparaging response from Sally.”
Adjective
Opposite of reliable or accurate from being based on facts
“He admits that the legends told about his life may have been exaggerated or fabricated.”
Adjective
Opposite of to be expected; natural, reasonable, or forgivable
Adjective
Opposite of of the same origin as claimed
“This is not the first time he has presented us with plagiarized work.”
Adjective
Opposite of officially sanctioned or recognized
“The discussion was based on unofficial documents and conversations with those familiar with the subject.”
Adjective
Opposite of free of contamination
Adjective
Opposite of suited or acceptable to the purpose or circumstances
Improper use of gym equipment can result in injury.”
Verb
Opposite of to make, pronounce or show to be legitimate
“I am beyond disappointed that she would use her platform with thousands of followers to mock and illegitimize an entire community of people.”
Verb
Opposite of to grant something to someone
“He was still considered a threat and the government would subsequently deny his right to return to the country.”
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