ill-gotten ill-gotten


  • (adj) obtained illegally or by improper means


  1. Indonesian officials say they can't find evidence of ill-gotten wealth.
  2. All right, trying to make off with someone else's ill-gotten gains is maybe not entirely smart or entirely moral.
  3. Corrupt leaders ranging from the Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos to Nigeria's Sani Abacha have used Swiss banks to hide ill-gotten gains.


  1. Traffic stop in Paxton leads to discovery of $12K cash

    PAXTON and#8211; A state police traffic stop this morning on Route 122 led to the discovery of $12,500 cash which authorities believe are the ill-gotten gains of drug dealing.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  2. Shore War

    It’s the war at the shore between older Midwest investors and two modern-day wannabe Great Gatsbys. Adam Manson has a sprawling beachfront estate in Montauk that federal regulators charge was bought with ill-gotten cash from his brother-in-law’s Ponzi scheme, and he’s refusing to give it up, angering...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: New York Post

  3. Paterson police target illegal pawn shop operations

    In an effort to curtail the demand for stolen jewelry, Paterson police are cracking down on pawn shops where they say thieves in the city go to turn their ill-gotten goods into quick cash.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Record

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