- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||not permitted by custom or law; illegitimate.
His illicit stock market dealings eventually got him into trouble.Marriage to a first cousin is illicit in a number of U.S. states.The senator's wife had been unaware that he had been having an illicit relationship with one of his aides.
- banned, forbidden, illegal, illegitimate, outlawed, proscribed, unlawful
- lawful, legal, legitimate, licit
- similar words:
- criminal, unconstitutional, under-the-counter, under-the-table, wildcat
||illicitly (adv.), illicitness (n.)
The word illicit
contains the following part:
that means not, without
More about this word part:
The prefix il-2
occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2
used before roots beginning with "l," such as "leg." See in-2