Examples of illicit in a Sentence
- 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.
Recent Examples of illicit from the Web
McMahon, the rebel child of his era, forged ahead with his illicit gear.
As economic sanctions tighten on North Korea, diplomats will likely increase their illicit activities abroad, Blancke predicts.
The Drug Enforcement Administration essentially enforces federal law against the illicit-drug black market.
An Anchorage Police Department unit dedicated in March to breaking up small-time drug deals has since seized thousands of servings of meth, heroin and other illicit drugs, largely through traffic stops, police officials said this week.
In the photos above, see the most recent drug busts to make the news around the Houston area, including marijuana grow houses and car trunks packed full of meth or illicit prescription drugs.
The records include overdose deaths from a list of more than 40 over-the-counter and illicit drugs.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control, illicit fentanyl led to one death in 2014, in Deschutes County.
Jamie is clearly still up to illicit activity—and a natural leader of men.
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Illicit and elicit
Illicit, while not exactly an everyday word, is far more common than its antonym, licit ("not forbidden by law, permissible"). Perhaps this is a function of our oft-noted fascination with bad behavior and boredom with rectitude. In any case, illicit may be used of behavior that is either unlawful or immoral. These categories frequently overlap, but they are not always synonymous, as some unlawful activities (illicit cigarette smoking) may not be considered immoral, while some immoral activities (an illicit affair) are not illegal. Illicit is occasionally confused with elicit because of the similarity in their pronunciations, but the two words have decidedly different meanings and functions: in contemporary English, elicit is a verb meaning "to get (a response, information, etc.) from someone," while illicit appears solely as an adjective.
Synonymscriminal, felonious, illegitimate, illegal, lawless, unlawful, wrongful
Antonymslawful, legal, legitimate
Related Wordsbad, evil, immoral, shameful, sinful, unethical, wicked, wrong; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, reprehensible; banned, barred, contraband, criminalized, disallowed, discouraged, forbidden, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed; adulterine, bootleg, unauthorized, unlicensed, unsanctioned; under-the-counter, under-the-table; corrupt, unprincipled, unscrupulous, villainous
Near Antonymsethical, good, just, principled, right, righteous, virtuous; allowed, permitted; authorized, licensed; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctioned; abetted, encouraged, promoted, suggested, supported; correct, decent, decorous, proper, seemly
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