ill-be·​got·​ten ˈil-bi-ˈgä-tᵊn How to pronounce ill-begotten (audio)
: having an illicit or improper origin : ill-gotten
… if they were stolen for fun and not profit the thieves are going to be pretty disappointed with their ill-begotten booty.Alex Cranz
also : illicit, improper
We need to get money—especially of ill-begotten provenance—out of politics. Stephen A. Jarislowsky
Whatever Channel 8 gained in bucks from this ill-begotten use of news time for huckstering, it more than lost in reputation. Robert P. Laurence
: badly planned : ill-conceived
… the partnership collapsed after an ill-begotten attempt to secure the bill's passage …Michele Wucker

Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ill-begotten was in 1686

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Cite this Entry

“Ill-begotten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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