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illicit drugs
  contrary to law or accepted morality — especially sexual morality
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Strongly Associated with:   elicit
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  • Five A.M., that’s the best time, when the clicking of your heels on the sidewalk sounds illicit.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He got them both Cokes and looked at the couch to see if it looked illicit.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park

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  • There was relief all around, but soon the thread had been overtaken by a multi-participant debate about the efficacy of that war, U.S. foreign policy in general, whether or not we won in Vietnam or Grenada or even WWI, and the ability of the Afghans to self-govern, and the opium trade financing the insurgents, and the possibility of legalization of any and all illicit drugs in America and Europe.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I was entranced by the illicit adventure Nora represented.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Gwen always had good stories, many of which concerned the illicit predilections of the town’s citizens.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I remember a corporal who in his radio code book kept illicit slides of disrobed maidens, a sheaf of which he had salvaged from a bombed-out colonial mansion in Indonesia.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Over the years Puller had seen just about every type of illicit drug there was.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • They searched his van, found marijuana, and charged him with possession of an illicit substance.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • The Reverend Entwistle, drugged with Budweiser and in bed with a woman not his wife, was basically ill-at-ease in this illicit ambience, even while asleep.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Another bottle of illicit alcohol.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Something a little illicit, not entirely harmless but undeniably thrilling.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "Many African immigrants are engaging in illicit activities such as drug dealing," the story read.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • There was bribery, favouritism, and racketeering of every kind, there was homosexuality and prostitution, there was even illicit alcohol distilled from potatoes.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • As a cover for illicit sex in the woods.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Potion ingredients have gone missing from my private store cupboard … students attempting illicit mixtures, no doubt….
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Young Jose Trevino was the product of an illicit love affair between the elder Jose Trevino and a beautiful Negress.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Unorthodox cooking, illicit cooking.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • It ought to have felt exhilarating, but the girl’s eyes had teared up and her face was drooping, and what satisfaction Mariam found from this outburst felt meager, somehow illicit.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Part of me had supposed that she only chose to seek because she illicitly craved the violence.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Or are the charms of wedlock with old Frank Kennedy more alluring than illicit relations with me?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • As it is, this illicit reading of mine seems a kind of performance.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • There was just something exciting about maintaining the pretense that nothing had changed between them; it gave the relationship an illicit feeling, almost like an affair.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • And invariably, quite apart from the text, there would be the preambles, and the illicit exchanges.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • She espied some adventure of the heart, more or less illicit, a woman in the shadow, a rendezvous, a mystery, and she would not have been sorry to thrust her spectacles into the affair.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But in the end she would do it, just as wild dogs begin to bury their illicit kills after they have been hunted awhile.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Many of these rooms were the hide-outs for thieves and robbers, and there was much prostitution and brewing of illicit liquor.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • With no fanfare save for the wind in the mute trees and the beating of their illicit hearts, they jumped, succumbed to the extended downward tug of the portal, the upward velocity, and sprang from a puddle inside the Houses of Parliament.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Please note, I am not suggesting that illicit drugs are required to break down social barriers.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But they did want to know if he had ever offered me any kind of illicit materials.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Yet something about him excited her and now, lying drowsily in this illicit bed (but with an awakening sense of excitement and pleasurable fear), she thought it might have been his car-at least at the start.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • As is indeed not unfrequent with women of unimpeachable virtue, weary of the monotony of respectable existence, at a distance she not only excused illicit love, she positively envied it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He says this, a censor of morals, a very pelican in his piety, who did not scruple, oblivious of the ties of nature, to attempt illicit intercourse with a female domestic drawn from the lowest strata of society!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Like a powerful internal-affairs office, the OS monitored all CIA employees for illicit behavior: misappropriation of funds, selling of secrets, stealing classified technologies, and use of illegal torture tactics, to name a few.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • In any event, it was difficult for him to comprehend that two free adults without a past and living on the fringes of a closed society’s prejudices had chosen the hazards of illicit love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Further, in addition to its "back fence" connotation, its suggestion of illicit gossip, of thrilling revelation, there is also, in the "whisper," the assumption (on the part of the reader) that the teller is on the inside, knows something others do not, and is going to be generous with this privileged information.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The waiter’s comment has discomfited him, making his attraction to Moushumi feel mildly illicit.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Duncan Trice led Cass to the bottle, the gaming table and the racecourse, but not to the "illicit sweetness of the flesh."
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Around Cange, Farmer noted, the peasants’ vocabulary didn’t even contain a word for illicit drugs, which virtually no one there could afford anyway.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Besides that—way I figure it, this illicit love-making is the one game that you always lose at.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Well, Stella is in du Niveau’s film company, and I am in illicit dealing—to discriminate against myself, more than half the business of Europe being the same.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I went from door to door with the precinct captain and discovered that the whole business was one long process of bribery, that people voted for three dollars, for the right to continue their illicit trade in sex or alcohol.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • He pictured the rooms where these people lived—where the patterns of the blistered wall-papers were heavy reiterated sunflowers on green and yellow backgrounds, where there were tin bathtubs and gloomy hallways and verdureless, unnamable spaces in back of the buildings; where even love dressed as seduction—a sordid murder around the corner, illicit motherhood in the flat above.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • One may be the victim of an internal conflict between two illicit moods, yet nevertheless, as the law and the church see it, guilty of sin and crime.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Her mute examination of him made him feel illicit.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Problem with illicit phone is how to receive incoming calls.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Suddenly, sex seemed so . so …. illicit.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • And how shall we pay for these illicit goods—assuming she can acquire them on our behalf?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
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