elicit vs illicit : Common Errors in English

About elicit vs illicit

The lawyer tries to elicit a description of the attacker from the witness. “Elicit” is always a verb. “Illicit,” in contrast, is always an adjective describing something illegal or naughty.

elicit Meaning(s)

  • (v) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  • (v) deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
  • (v) derive by reason

illicit Meaning(s)

  • (a) contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention
  • (s) contrary to or forbidden by law

elicit in News

  1. 4 Reasons the UFC Needs Criteria for Induction to the UFC Hall of Fame

    Hall of Fame: The mere words elicit images of grandstanding champions dominating their respective sports. Through any and all means, each athlete worthy of such honorable mention must have broken records in a manner iconic of his or her sport. Definitive and declarative, entry into this upper echelon ought to be beyond argument. Or so it should be. Yet the UFC Hall of Fame is often discussed for ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  2. Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick - The Life and Times of William A. Wellman

    Recommended The Movie:   It's a bit curious that director William Wellman isn'tbetter known.   Where his contemporariesJohn Ford and Howard Hawks will elicit smiles andnods fromcausal film viewers, you have to be a movie buff to know that the sameman whodirected the winner of the very first Academy Award for Best Picturealsodirected such diverse films as A Star isBorn and The Public ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: DVD Talk

illicit in News

  1. Grant augments suicide prevention efforts

    GARDNER - Illicit drug use, alcohol abuse and unemployment all play a role in Gardner's high suicide rate, but steps are being taken to try to deal with the problem.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  2. Alleged madam arrested in Ballardvale; Sting operation shuts down illicit massage parlor

    An illicit massage parlor shut down in Ballardvale last week may have had ties to another location shuttered by Danvers police recently. Andover police conducted a sting operation at 195 Andover St., Unit 2, on Wednesday, June 5, after receiving repo
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Andover Townsman

  3. RI Senate to vote on broad synthetic drug ban

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In an attempt to stay ahead of illicit drug chemists, the Rhode Island Senate is set to vote on a proposal to broadly ban synthetic recreational chemicals sold as fake marijuana and bath salts.        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

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