illicit Definition

  • 1forbidden by law, rules, or custom
  • 2not morally acceptable

Using illicit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "illicit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Illicit drugs are a major problem in many countries.

  • Example

    He was arrested for his illicit activities.

  • Example

    The couple had an illicit affair.

  • Example

    Illicit trade is a serious issue in this region.

illicit Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for illicit

Antonyms for illicit

Phrases with illicit

  • a romantic and sexual relationship between two people who are not married to each other


    Their illicit love affair was discovered by her husband.

  • the consumption of illegal drugs


    Illicit drug use has been on the rise in recent years.

  • the illegal buying and selling of goods


    The government is cracking down on illicit trade in the region.

Origins of illicit

from Latin 'illicitus', meaning 'not allowed'


Summary: illicit in Brief

The term 'illicit' [ɪˈlɪsɪt] refers to actions that are forbidden by law, rules, or custom, and are not morally acceptable. It covers a range of contexts from drug use to trade, exemplified by 'Illicit drugs are a major problem in many countries.' 'Illicit' extends into phrases like 'illicit love,' denoting a romantic relationship outside of marriage, and 'illicit trade,' referring to illegal buying and selling of goods.