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noun, plural il·le·gal·i·ties.
  1. illegal condition or quality; unlawfulness.
  2. an illegal act.
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Origin of illegality

From the Medieval Latin word illēgālitās, dating back to 1630–40. See illegal, -ity
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Related Words for illegality

malfeasance, immorality, infringement, infraction, dereliction, misdeed, wrongdoing, lawlessness, misconduct, atrocity, criminality, violation, misdemeanor, abomination, trespass, enormity, racket, offense, wickedness, caper

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Word Origin and History for illegality


1630s, from illegal + -ity; or else from French illegalité (14c.).

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