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- il·lic·it·ly, adverb
- il·lic·it·ness, noun
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How to use illicit in a sentence
While Shorto is successful at finding out what his grandfather did — as well as the affairs he had, the people he swindled, the drinking problem that tanked his illicit career — he struggles to learn more about just who his grandfather was.He knew his grandfather was a mob boss. But was that the whole story? | Joe Heim | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Not because I’m scrolling through friends’ kid photos or getting FOMO glimpsing everyone’s takeout or illicit trips or vaccine snaps.The Pandemic Made Instagram an Essential Tool for Restaurants | Amanda Kludt | February 1, 2021 | Eater
I think many are used—at least in a transactions sense—mainly for illicit financing.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 23) | Singularity Hub Staff | January 23, 2021 | Singularity Hub
And, while Netflix’s Tiger King gave many of us something to binge during that initial shift to being home all the time, the Tiger King himself used illicit SEO tactics to mislead users searching for his main competitor.SEO year in review 2020: COVID forces platforms to adapt their local and e-commerce offerings, and more | George Nguyen | December 31, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Reddit and Facebook both use humans to moderate, and are in a seemingly never-ending fight to protect their users from illicit or biased content.Biased language models can result from internet training data | George Nguyen | December 29, 2020 | Search Engine Land
But the increasing number of fraudsters bringing back wares to stores to make an illicit killing has become impossible to ignore.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At a country show his father deliberately lost him to pursue another illicit affair.
Alexandre went so far as to buy back a Degas from its illicit owners.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole | Anne Sinclair | October 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It causes some of my cells to express Ebola proteins to illicit an immune response.
LSD, an illicit drug with a serious stigma, was once the darling of the psychotherapy world.
Whole fleets of boats with illicit cargoes had been passing and repassing between Kent and Picardy.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
He is too scrupulous to seek to seduce the wife of another; he even fears to contract an illicit intimacy with a maid or a widow.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
For his wifes and childrens sake he is sorely tempted to commit fraud, to tell falsehoods, and obtain illicit gains.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
He forbade illicit trade and the receipt of presents, and secured the company's servants increased salaries.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
The royal revenues suffered greatly by this illicit trade, and the royal agents accused the colonists of openly favoring it.A short history of Rhode Island | George Washington Greene
British Dictionary definitions for illicit
another word for illegal
not allowed or approved by common custom, rule, or standard: illicit sexual relations
- illicitly, adverb
- illicitness, noun
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