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Her comments elicited public outrage.
  get or bring out in response — such as information or a feeling
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elicits elicit elicited eliciting elicitation elicitor
Strongly Associated with:   illicit
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  • Her comments elicited public outrage.
  • Her comment elicited loud applause from the audience.
  • The article elicited little interest outside of Washington.
  • As far as I could judge, no new facts were elicited by his questions but he himself seemed quite satisfied.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders

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  • He shoved the machine, eliciting a stern look from the deputy,
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • He pulls me to him, kisses me easily on the mouth, eliciting jealous stares from customers and salesgirls.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • James Gatz — that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career — when he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior. ... Cody asked him a few questions (one of them elicited the brand new name) and found that he was quick and extravagantly ambitious.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • This joke elicited a fresh burst of applause.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Isabella and he had had an hour’s interview, during which he tried to elicit from her some sentiment of proper horror for Heathcliff’s advances: but he could make nothing of her evasive replies, and was obliged to close the examination unsatisfactorily; adding, however, a solemn warning, that if she were so insane as to encourage that worthless suitor, it would dissolve all bonds of relationship between herself and him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Indifference elicits no response.
    Elie Wiesel  --  The Perils of Indifference

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  • But this guy goes way beyond Adam-older, buffer, with slate gray eyes that fix on me, eliciting chills that I can’t describe.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • I have to push and elbow to make any headway, eliciting grumbles from irritated merchants and a shove from a hatchet-faced slaver.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • " which was not meant to elicit any answer beyond "She’s fine."
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Though I’d lived in the state all my life up to that point, I’d never heard of the college; for most people who spent the rest of the century in North Carolina, a casual mention of the college would elicit blank stares.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Do you think that’s a normal response or that you maybe elicited it by being severe with them?"
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • This elicited a chorus of angry shouts, stomping of feet and banging on the armrests of the chairs.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • This elicited outright shouts from the ladies.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • It drove Gabby crazy; more than once during her teenage years, she’d wanted to take her mother by the arms and shake her, just to elicit a spontaneous response.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The foxes, on their side, seemed to have no fear of the wolves, and several times I saw one flit like a shadow across the esker within a few yards of a wolf without eliciting any response.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • And yet what did I do but nothing unusual, save elicit a sighing murmur from the tires as I wheeled us wickedly around that bend, the same one that I would grimly consider on countless future occasions, and that one rainy night years later my friend Anne Hickey would not survive.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Meg stroked the karpos’s curly brown hair, which elicited a demonic purring from the creature’s throat.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The bandage is just to elicit sympathy now.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The poster elicited nothing in me, not a single, controversial thought.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • All the friendliness, the kindly concern that I had half-believed in—all a device to elicit information.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "Oh, he called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl, and he called for his fiddlers threeee," I sang irreverently under my breath, eliciting an odd look from the girl Laoghaire.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Xandra’s friend Lisa (solicitous, following me around, voicing gentle but increasingly urgent concerns that "the family" be notified) had retreated to a corner at some point to dial the number I gave her —and got off the phone with such a look that it had elicited, from Xandra, the only laugh of the evening.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Each of these questions elicited a disbelieving negative response from Maryanne Perkins.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It was not intentional—I only meant to express my thanks—but I have elicited something dangerous.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • It was not a move designed to elicit arousal, but it was certainly a designed move, because Augustus Waters was no improviser.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • No attempt is being made to elicit the true facts.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Beebe reported that firing guns next to sleeping or feeding sloths elicited little reaction.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It is a short account of the facts elicited at the death of Sir Charles Baskerville which occurred a few days before that date.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Occasionally it seemed Luma would prolong the exercises to elicit a few more futile groans from her players for the entertainment of the younger spectators on the monkey bars.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • This elicited a hearty round of laughs.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But his character beckoned and elicited admiration.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Decades after the war, men who had looked into those eyes would be unable to shake the memory of what they saw in them, a wrongness that elicited a twist in the gut, a prickle up the back of the neck.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • This elicited a satisfactory amount of awe, but Roran soon asked nervously, "Were you able to talk with Katrina?"
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It would have rankled in me more than it did, if I had not regarded myself as eliciting it by being so set apart for her and assigned to her.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Nobody had ever called me that before, and though I was automatically furious, deep down I was also flattered that I had elicited enough emotion to be worthy of the name.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • An answer so different from the one he had expected to elicit, and was in the habit of receiving, staggered Mr. Bumble not a little.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Nicholas’ letter in which he mentioned Princess Mary had elicited, in her presence, joyous comments from the countess, who saw an intervention of Providence in this meeting of the princess and Nicholas.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Fleming once more elicited an account of how Hickock had fully informed Wells of his violent plans for the Clutter family.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • This tricky question elicited a variety of responses: "It’ll be impossible to walk or ride a bike, so we’ll have to wade through the water."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • This variation to Solomon’s exclamation elicited a sigh from the woman.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As evidenced in attached tapes (OZK Series), it was impossible to elicit from Subject A information sought by Department i-R.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Nikki and I would play this game: I would sit on the living room chair while Nikki deeply inhaled and then blew directly in my face, eliciting hysterical laughs on both sides.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • He first elicited Michel’s name and address, his length of service, and the length of time he had been on this particular route.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • "…and the winner of Minny Jackson’s world-famous chocolate custard pie is…Hilly Holbrook!" There is a little more applause for this one, not just because Minny’s known for her treats, but because the name Hilly elicits applause on any occasion.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • When I’d made the deal with Doc? I was belatedly surprised that the sleeping arrangements by the jeep today had not elicited a reaction from her.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • This elicited loud applause, in the midst of which the orchestra was just striking up a deafening air, when the pyramid tottered, the balance was lost, one of the lower noses vanished from the pyramid, and the human monument was shattered like a castle built of cards!
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
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Associated words [difficulty]:   elicit [2] , illicit [4]
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