Definition of illicit in English:

illicit

Syllabification: il·lic·it
Pronunciation: /i(l)ˈlisit
 
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adjective

Forbidden by law, rules, or custom: illicit drugs illicit sex
More example sentences
  • Drugs are illegal and illicit because they do incredible harm and no good whatsoever.
  • There is a history of illicit drug use while in hospital which had some associations with the symptoms of his illness.
  • Pubs, clubs and people's homes were still the most common places for bootleggers to sell illicit goods.
Synonyms
illegal, unlawful, illegitimate, criminal, felonious; outlawed, banned, forbidden, prohibited, proscribed; unlicensed, unauthorized, unsanctioned; contraband, black-market, bootleg; Lawmalfeasanttaboo, forbidden, impermissible, unacceptable, adulterous; secret, clandestine, furtive

Origin

early 16th century: from French, or from Latin illicitus, from in- 'not' + licitus (see licit).

Derivatives

illicitly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The United States emerged as the world's industrial leader by illicitly appropriating mechanical and scientific innovations from Europe.
  • Their evidence was very strong as to the suspicious movement of what in general may have looked like illicitly obtained money.
  • She remained there illicitly for some months before managing to leave China so as to make her way to this country.

illicitness

noun
More example sentences
  • How strong was your sense of its illicitness, the illicitness of this love?
  • We're getting a kick from the illicitness, the donning of scarf and dark glasses and sneaking off for a day's shopping.
  • While Sam seems to enjoy the illicitness of his desire for Marion, his feelings are not truly transgressive.

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