Definition of illicitness in US English:



  • See illicit

    • ‘The pleasure of seeing or reading about something disgusting in a book is different, because it creates a kind of private illicitness that can keep you turning the pages in search of the next disturbing thrill.’
    • ‘How strong was your sense of its illicitness, the illicitness of this love?’
    • ‘We're getting a kick from the illicitness, the donning of scarf and dark glasses and sneaking off for a day's shopping.’
    • ‘The one carries the tag of illicitness, the other, the burden of tradition.’
    • ‘While Sam seems to enjoy the illicitness of his desire for Marion, his feelings are not truly transgressive.’