• WordNet 3.6
    • n illicitness the quality of not conforming strictly to law
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n illicitness The state or quality of being illicit; unlawfulness.
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In literature:

For the correct example and prudent advice may not be invulnerable to the temptation for illicit pleasures or ruinous conduct.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
She had guarded her illicit passion all her life; she revealed it now.
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He was a thief, a chronic bankrupt, a counterfeiter, an illicit liquor seller.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
But no; she's of the unborn children of the mind, illicit, none the less loved, like my rhododendrons.
"Monday or Tuesday" by Virginia Woolf
She knew and Jeffrey suspected suddenly that Esther was paying her out for illicit roaming.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
We know what illicit love is capable of, and how far it may lead any one who is devoured by a violent passion.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
Yesterday only an illicit lover: to-day the destroyer of children unborn!
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
There was no husband for her, only the illicit love of this man.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Very well, the clue which that notice afforded had to do with some illicit traffic.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
The room was the club-room of the Kidders, where they gathered night after night to play cards and drink illicit whiskey.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler

In poetry:

Oh! could she live, condemn'd to feel,
The insults of exulting scorn?
Relentless as the three-edg'd steel!
Illicit pleasure's eldest-born!
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent

In news:

A Heber City mother is in hot water after she allegedly helped her 14-year-old daughter and the teen's lover conduct an illicit affair.
Intelligence Review Is Softening Some Judgments About Illicit Arms Abroad.
An Austrian who stays a step ahead of the US is accused of being part of a global maze of illicit suppliers who are finding gaps in the sanctions campaign.
Illicit Drug Trade Fuels Afghan Economy.
Manko was the fifth instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland to go on trial for illicit relationships with trainees .
He has had no fevers and he does not use alcohol (Drug information on alcohol) or illicit drugs.
"Oregon's Outback" was prime source for illicit bathtub liquor during prohibition.
Rumors about a labyrinth of tunnels lead a reporter to the real story of how illicit liquor came into Los Angeles during Prohibition.
In the recent seizure of botnet-powering servers, Microsoft is using a new strategy to try to lure the masterminds of the illicit network to reveal their identities.
Officials said they are hidden in rural densely wooded timber areas after several recent busts indicate illicit cultivation going on.
HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities said Friday that they had arrested 119 people and seized 3 million untaxed cigarettes after cracking down on smugglers running home delivery services of the illicit smokes.
Fraud rings bring cans and bottles from other states and illicitly 'redeem' deposits that were never paid.
The leading man also denies reports he had been drinking and using more illicit drugs.
The Essex man killed Sunday in Northwest Baltimore's Forest Park neighborhood may have been involved in an illicit drug deal, police said.
Illicit urban chicken movement growing in US.

In science:

Clearly, this has no physical meaning, and one has to resort to special mathematical methods in order to avoid this illicit divergency.
Millisecond and Binary Pulsars as Nature's Frequency Standards. III. Fourier Analysis and Spectral Sensitivity of Timing Observations to Low-Frequency Noise
Please recall that Eve may acquire her illicit knowledge in several ways, such as by eavesdropping and/or by observing bits exchanged in the process of error correction.
Current status of the DARPA Quantum Network
Stated more bluntly, Eqs. (E10.13A) and (E10.16) are both wrong since the mathematically illicit calculation by which they are derived does not, unlike in the case of (E10.12A) and (E10.15), give, fortuitously, the correct result.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
The result of illicit file usage exception is displayed as in figure 10.
Fault Predictions in Object Oriented Software
Another example of this kind of data is the consumption of illicit drugs, where the consumption is either zero or a continuous measure.
New Important Developments in Small Area Estimation