ill-begotten

adjective
ill-be·​got·​ten | \ ˈil-bi-ˈgä-tᵊn How to pronounce ill-begotten (audio) , -bē- \

Definition of ill-begotten

1 : 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
2 : badly planned : ill-conceived … the partnership collapsed after an ill-begotten attempt to secure the bill's passage …— Michele Wucker

First Known Use of ill-begotten

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ill-begotten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ill-begotten. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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