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Illicit in a Sentence

Examples of illicit in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of illicit, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - contrary to or forbidden by law

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EXAMPLES - Illicit in a Sentence

  1. MadNeos are consumed with the idea of illicit sex. (source)
  2. Nor did the idea of illicit love ever suggest itself to me. (source)
  3. Television anchors repeatedly referred to the relationship as 'illicit'. (source)
  4. The word "illicit" and his name should never be brought into conjunction! (source)
  5. Indeed, the IAEA has never ever called the construction "illicit" or "illegal." (source)
  6. He said there are many references that the only targets would be "illicit" arms. (source)
  7. And second, frankly, I would like to know if there was some kind of illicit deal here. (source)
  8. Revamp our beliefs and approach toward those who use and abuse so-called illicit drugs. (source)
  9. Asian and Latin American illicit drugs to Western Europe; producer of precursor chemicals (source)
  10. I hate the word illicit, because there is nothing illicit about sharing something you paid for. (source)
  11. This focus of our limited resources on so-called illicit drug use does not make our children safer. (source)
  12. After being sued, Whitman tacitly admitted her fault, disgorging several million dollars in illicit profits. (source)
  13. I think I must go after Mai next - what can be more tantalising than the idea of illicit romance in the school at night? (source)
  14. Would they retain the kind of illicit passion Surprise had for Che Centaur, that would have been fine in another reality? (source)
  15. This focus of our limited resources on so-called illicit drug use does not make our children safer. rebels with just cause. (source)
  16. These implied inherent moral depravity, but "illicit" love was love outside the law of man, and did not of necessity and always involve moral guilt. (source)
  17. No amount of short-term illicit gains is worth the shame and disgrace attendant on an exposure - long after the bribes have been collected and spent. (source)
  18. To me, it is also an injustice that you continue to refer to the "illicit" FSSPX as if they have been tried and found guilty through canonical jurisprudence. (source)
  19. What possible right Israel would have to oversee banking practices in the Gaza Strip-much less to bomb those it deems "illicit" - is not a question worth asking. (source)
  20. Poland: major illicit producer of amphetamine for the international market; minor transshipment point for Asian and Latin American illicit drugs to Western Europe (source)
  21. Goal Two is extremely difficult to achieve given that the U.S. is such a dominant consumption market globally and for Latin American illicit substances specifically. (source)
  22. Bank Mellat officials have denied engaging in illicit business and have told Iranian state-owned media that the U.S. has never provided any evidence to back its claims. (source)
  23. Illicit drugs: major illicit producer of synthetic drugs for the international market; minor transshipment point for Asian and Latin American illicit drugs to Western Europe (source)
  24. The majority of people under fifty today have, at one time or another, engaged in what is termed illicit intercourse -- and yet we pretend, publicly, that we have not done so. (source)
  25. The Complaint alleges that the insider trading netted approximately $1 million in illicit profits by trading ahead of at least 11 mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate deals. (source)
  26. And studies show that students who get involved in these kind of illicit affairs sometimes drop out, because they're confused or they feel that they weren't properly taken care of. (source)
  27. It will be seen, from these observations, what is my opinion of a class of traders who in all parts of the world are sure to embrace what may be termed illicit and illegitimate commerce. (source)
  28. South Africa is tightening controls on "illicit" Angolan diamonds but is handicapped by its large network of airports and old smuggling routes set up to skirt apartheid-era sanctions, Foreign (source)
  29. The term illicit device contained with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act is argued to be limited to pirate or counterfeit decoders and therefore does not include decoders procured in this manner. (source)
  30. A recent report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa notes that 3% of Africa's public resources are diverted to private hands, and that the continent loses 60% in illicit capital flows to foreign tax havens. (source)
  31. Illicit drugs: illicit cultivator of cannabis and opium poppy; mostly for domestic consumption; government has active eradication program; used as transshipment point for Asian and Latin American illicit drugs to (source)
  32. U.S. agents had posed as arms buyers for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC. Bout has denied the charges of involvement in illicit arms trading to areas such as Africa, South America and the Middle East. (source)
  33. In Colombia, the delegation will explore areas of co-operation regarding crime prevention, particularly relating to Colombia's experience in combating organised crime such as illicit drug trafficking and money laundering. (source)
  34. Illicit drugs: illicit producer of opium for domestic consumption and amphetamines for the international market; transshipment point for Asian and Latin American illicit drugs to Western Europe; producer of precursor chemicals (source)
  35. You speak of woman as being the noblest subject of contemplation for man, but interpreted by your book and your experiences this seems in the last analysis to lead you right into sensuality, and what I should call illicit connections. (source)
  36. Prosecution of those who require marihuana for medical purposes did not achieve any of the three objectives of the CDSA identified by the Crown: preventing harm, international treaty obligations, and control of the trade in illicit drugs. (source)
  37. I would expect the North Koreans, not only to go back to the status quo ante, that is, not only to roll back what they have done, but to open the country nationwide to international inspections so that it would be more difficult for this kind of illicit activity to take place. (source)
  38. There are exceptions for disruptive speech and, more recently, "illicit" purposes ( "Bong Hits for Jesus"), but the standard is high and SCOTUS has repeatedly held that students do not surrender their free speech rights at the school house door (e.g. anti-war, pro-life, religion). (source)
  39. Speaking on ABC TV on Sunday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated that US plans included the interdiction of ships and aircraft suspected of carrying so-called illicit North Korean goods and steps to choke off its access to the international banking and financial system. (source)
  40. Liberalizing policies towards currently illicit drugs would strike Americans as intensely alien - even as young and old Americans are turning more and more to prescription pharmaceuticals for their highs (and lows), so that there is increasingly little space between substances deemed "illicit" and "legal." (source)
  41. While the report, 2008 Report on Organized Crime, reviews the impacts of traditional threats posed by organized crime, including illicit drugs, money laundering and the exploitation of individuals with specialized skills, it also examines new trends in global crime rings, namely the illicit disposal of electronic waste and the exploitation of natural resources. (source)
  42. I'd actually taught the video to my under-grads, read and responded to helpful blogs by several of my favorite professorial types, and grilled my tween daughter about the prison scene (which looks a lot like her other Mom's "illicit" HBO film, Stranger Inside, shot on the same location, which looks like the many women in prison exploitation flicks it campily quoted). (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 42.0, which suggests that "illicit" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 27 synonyms for illicit.

adulterous, black-market, bootleg, clandestine, contraband, contrary to law, criminal, crooked, dirty, felonious, furtive, guilty, heavy, illegal, illegitimate, immoral, improper, in violation of law, lawless, out of line, prohibited, racket, unauthorized, unlawful, unlicensed, wrong, wrongful


We have 21 antonyms for illicit.

aboveboard, allowed, authorized, blessed, chaste, ethical, forthright, good, lawful, legal, legitimate, licit, moral, noble, open, permitted, proper, pure, right, truthful, uncorrupt


Pronunciation: (ĭ-lĭsˈĭt)

Syllabification: il-lic-it


View up to 25 definitions of illicit from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Not sanctioned by custom or law; unlawful.
  2. (adjective) Linguistics Improperly formed; ungrammatical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Not approved by law, but not invalid.
  2. (adjective) Breaking social norms.
  3. (adjective) Unlawful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Not authorized or permitted; prohibited; unlicensed; unlawful: as, illicit trade; illicit intercourse.
  2. (None) Acting unlawfully; clandestine.
  3. (None) Synonyms Unlawful, Illegitimate, etc. See lawful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) contrary to or forbidden by law
  2. (adjective) contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention