ill-gotten


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ill-got·ten

(ĭl′gŏt′n)
adj.
Obtained in an evil manner or by dishonest means: ill-gotten gains.

ill-gotten

adj
obtained dishonestly or illegally (esp in the phrase ill-gotten gains)

ill′-got′ten



adj.
acquired by dishonest, improper, or evil means.
[1545–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ill-gotten - obtained illegally or by improper means; "dirty money"; "ill-gotten gains"
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"
Translations

ill-gotten

[ˈɪlˈgɒtn] ADJ ill-gotten gains (liter or hum) → ganancias fpl ilícitas

ill-gotten

[ˈɪlˌgɒtn] adj (frm) ill-gotten gainsguadagni mpl illeciti
References in classic literature ?
Such being the case, and he, the old bachelor, in possession of the ill-gotten spoil,--with the black stain of blood sunken deep into it, and still to be scented by conscientious nostrils, --the question occurred, whether it were not imperative upon him, even at this late hour, to make restitution to Maule's posterity.
I had rather spend my ill-gotten wealth in this way than upon an expensive house and a retinue of servants.
But there is a proverb which says that ill-gotten gains never prosper, and the Prince found that the stolen ring brought him ill-luck after all.
The general presented the ambassador with a rich robe, and returned this gallant answer: "That he and his fellow-soldiers were come with an intention to drive Mahomet out of these countries, which he had wrongfully usurped; that his present design was, instead of returning back the way he came, as Mahomet advised, to open himself a passage through the country of his enemies; that Mahomet should rather think of determining whether he would fight or yield up his ill-gotten territories, than of prescribing measures to him; that he put his whole confidence in the omnipotence of God and the justice of his cause, and that to show how just a sense he had of Mahomet's kindness, he took the liberty of presenting him with a looking-glass and a pair of pincers.
And I have told thee already, Ricote, that I will not," said Sancho; "let it content thee that by me thou shalt not be betrayed, and go thy way in God's name and let me go mine; for I know that well-gotten gain may be lost, but ill-gotten gain is lost, itself and its owner likewise.
Some of the sound bees warned them that ill-gotten gains never prosper, but the Oddities at once surrounded them and balled them to death.
In short you're to make so good a thing of your sky-scraper that, living in luxury on THOSE ill-gotten gains, you can afford for a while to be sentimental here
It seemed to him so natural-- however tragic--that money ill-gotten should be cruelly expiated, that his mind, hardly lingering over Mrs.
Crawshay once more upon the track of Raffles and his ill-gotten gains
not only does he squander my finances, but with his ill-gotten plunder he corrupts secretaries, friends, generals, artists, and all, and tries to rob me of the one to whom I am most attached.
By the bright bow of Heaven, I will have their ill-gotten gains from them, even though I hang for it as high as e'er a forest tree in Sherwood
The exclusion from his clubs would mean ruin to Moran, who lived by his ill-gotten card-gains.