What is another word for illicit?

327 synonyms found


[ ɪlˈɪsɪt], [ ɪlˈɪsɪt], [ ɪ_l_ˈɪ_s_ɪ_t]

Illicit refers to any act or behavior that is considered unlawful, immoral or forbidden by law or society. Illicit activities can range from drug trafficking and human trafficking to gambling and prostitution. There are various synonyms that can be used to replace the word "illicit" such as illegal, unlawful, unauthorized, illegitimate, forbidden, prohibited, unapproved, unethical, immoral, dishonest, indecent, and taboo. All these synonyms express the concept of activities that are not accepted or legitimized by law or society. Using synonyms while writing can help to convey a clear message to the reader and avoid repetition.

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What are the hypernyms for Illicit?

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What are the opposite words for illicit?

Illicit is a word that is used to describe something that is unlawful or prohibited. There are several antonyms for the word illicit that can be used to describe something that is legal or acceptable. A few examples of antonyms for the word illicit include permitted, lawful, legitimate, authorized, and legal. These words refer to actions that are allowed or accepted by law, rather than being against the law. Using antonyms for the word illicit can help to convey a positive or neutral connotation, rather than one that emphasizes an illegal or forbidden nature.

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Usage examples for Illicit

So deftly did the old man manage his illicit enterprises that the police, though morally certain of their facts, had never been able to produce any evidence against him.
"The Gray Phantom's Return"
Herman Landon
His mother, whose happy married life had made her shudder at the very name of illicit love, was no doubt judiciously blind where her sons were concerned; but she must have felt for this poor child whose chances of happiness were from the beginning very small.
"Henrietta Maria"
Henrietta Haynes
Certainly in that soft cradle, beneath the muslin and lace of propriety, he could be sure it would not jangle against an illicit and alien ring.
"The Pastor's Wife"
Elizabeth von Arnim

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