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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The declared goal of Washington's policy is to staunch the flow of illicit drugs.
▪ As a health officer I am opposed to the use of illicit drugs.
▪ This study primarily related to stress and to the use of alcohol and illicit drugs.
▪ Some will argue that all illicit drugs are too dangerous to legalize.
▪ They had taken away his clothes and his luggage, no doubt to search for illicit drugs.
▪ One-third of eighth-graders report the use of illicit drugs, including inhalants.
▪ One-third of girls and almost two-fifths of boys admitted having used illicit drugs.
▪ Also, watch your intake of alcohol and illicit drugs like marijuana.
▪ A more interesting and illicit trade followed this route - smuggling!
▪ The illicit trade in cattle may have played an important role in providing an economic base for certain upwardly-mobile Goyigama families.
▪ Former headmen were known to be important organizers of the illicit trade in stolen cattle.
Illicit diamond exports are said to be worth over $200 million.
illicit drugs
▪ an illicit love affair
▪ Marijuana remains the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.
▪ Also, watch your intake of alcohol and illicit drugs like marijuana.
▪ And he was tender, and he was mighty, fuelled by an illicit afternoon with one of his students.
▪ High-powered investigations of intelligence agencies in the wake of Watergate had revealed much evidence of illicit and unconstitutional behaviour.
▪ Many such drugs were, in fact, illicit now.
▪ Meanwhile the Commission also pursued its efforts to force the return of illicit state payments to industries.
▪ The official reason given for the committee's demise was that it had indulged in counterrevolution and illicit dealings with foreign powers.
▪ There is a strong tradition of smuggling, illicit goods being brought from nearby Flookburgh on the coast.
▪ They also smashed up the peasants' illicit vodka stills.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Illicit \Il*lic"it\, a. [L. illicitus; pref. il- not + licitus, p. p. of licere to be allowed or permitted: cf. F. illicite. See In- not, and License.] Not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful; as, illicit trade; illicit intercourse; illicit pleasure.

One illicit . . . transaction always leads to another.
--Burke. -- Il*lic"it*ly, adv. -- Il*lic"it*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, from Old French illicite (14c.) "unlawful, forbidden," from Latin illicitus "not allowed, unlawful, illegal," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + licitus "lawful," past participle of licere "to be allowed" (see licence). Related: Illicitly.


a. (context legal English) Not approved by law, but not invalid.

  1. adj. contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention; "an illicit association with his secretary" [ant: licit]

  2. contrary to or forbidden by law; "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures" [syn: illegitimate, outlaw(a), outlawed, unlawful]


Illicit may refer to:

  • illicit antiquities
  • illicit drug trade
    • illicit drug use
    • Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act
  • illicit major
  • illicit minor
  • illicit work
  • Illicit Streetwear clothing company
  • Illicit (Dance music group)
  • Illicit (film), a 1931 film starring Barbara Stanwyck
  • Illicit (album), a 1992 album by Tribal Tech
Illicit (album)

Illicit is an album by the fusion jazz band Tribal Tech released in 1992.

The album was recorded during the L.A. Riots in April 1992 at Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, California.

Illicit (film)

Illicit is a 1931 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Archie Mayo and starring Barbara Stanwyck, James Rennie, Ricardo Cortez, and Natalie Moorhead. Based on a play by Edith Fitzgerald and Robert Riskin, the film is about a young couple living together out of wedlock because the woman does not believe in marriage. When they finally get married, both become unfaithful to each other. Illicit was produced and distributed by Warner Bros.

Usage examples of "illicit".

I wondered how many of the aliens were illicit sharers in the human genetic heritage, freed from the allomorphism that had limited their racial progress.

And there, aided again by other highly illicit bioelectronics, she directed her next shot.

By the Bullnose Morris was a nervous, pacing, slyly smoking policeman, a cigarette cupped between his fingers, the glowing tip facing backwards, as though this simple precaution might make his illicit action the less obvious.

Robert Blakey had envisioned--DeMeo a participating member of a criminal enterprise and Castellano the overall head of that enterprise who had reaped illicit proceeds from a pattern of racketeering, whether or not he was personally involved in it.

The counterrevolutionary network ran deep, and the profits of illicit trade meant there were usually British smuggling ships to be found looming off the coast.

I dropped the subject, inferring with some satisfaction that young Danaus was illicit.

Many fear that their fantasies signify mental illness or worry that, unless curbed, thoughts of illicit conduct will eventually bubble to the surface and demand overt enactment.

Such fantasies usually center on sexual behaviors that are deemed morally unacceptable or illicit.

The air-conditioning had been switched off, and a woman passenger trapped in an elevator between the 10th and nth floors became hysterical, possibly the victim of a minor sexual assaultthe restoration of light in due course revealed its crop of illicit liaisons flourishing in the benevolent conditions of total darkness like a voracious plant species.

Military officers and civilian bureaucrats throughout the country threw themselves frenetically into the tasks of destroying their files and disbursing vast hoards of military supplies in illicit ways.

A marriage announcement in the papers could stave off the rumors of an illicit affair, but Sera doubted the dull-witted gossipmongers would let it go so easily.

No victim could escape this stronghold without being lobotomized, and no police force could spring a surprise inspection to catch the illicit lobo lab.

The partners in illicit profits strode up the house steps, Mayberry acting with the rough air of a domineering sheriff, Chalmody with the important style of some dignitary.

Rapid fire now: about the Scruff and Jackie in Johannesburg or Monrovia and the hushed word throughout the illicit arms trade that something was going down at a New York airport this week so stay clear.

The repercussions of his illicit leave of absence had seen him incarcerated for several weeks before he was allowed to visit Noni again to see her.