Simple Definition of illicit
: not allowed by law : unlawful or illegal
: involving activities that are not considered morally acceptable
Full Definition of illicit
: not permitted : unlawful
Examples of illicit
The wedding is mounted in traditional Punjabi style, but underneath the formal fanfare simmer dysfunctional-family tensions, deep dark secrets, … and illicit affairs. —David Ansen, Newsweek, 4 Mar. 2002
“Thank you, Lieutenant,” she said, bowing her head, just as she might in everyday, civilian life, and I felt suddenly illicit in her presence, as though we'd slipped out of sight of our chaperons … —Chang-rae Lee, A Gesture Life, 1999
The companies that carry cellular … have adopted a number of monitoring techniques to detect illicit calls … —Paul Wallich, Scientific American, March 1994
He was arrested for selling illicit copies of the software.
She had an illicit affair with her boss.
Origin of illicit
Latin illicitus, from in- + licitus lawful — more at licit
First Known Use: 1506
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