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 ?
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.
That he had great hoards of ill-gotten gold buried somewhere about his tumble-down dwelling was not reasonably to be doubted by any honest soul conversant with the facts of local tradition and gifted with a sense of the fitness of things.
But when their father was actually engaged in the long-threatened lawsuit, and Wakem, as the agent at once of Pivart and Old Harry, was acting against him, even Maggie felt, with some sadness, that they were not likely ever to have any intimacy with Philip again; the very name of Wakem made her father angry, and she had once heard him say that if that crook-backed son lived to inherit his father's ill-gotten gains, there would be a curse upon him.
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
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.
And I'd be a soap-boxer if I didn't have the spending of my father's ill-gotten gains.
It seemed to him so natural-- however tragic--that money ill-gotten should be cruelly expiated, that his mind, hardly lingering over Mrs.
But if it be your wish to loll and loiter in these glades, bartering glory and renown for vile gold and ill-gotten riches, then ye must find another leader; for I have lived in honor, and in honor I trust that I shall die.
She wished him all the happiness which he merited out of his ill-gotten gains.
But Kai Shang realized that he must act with circumspection, for Gust alone of the motley horde possessed sufficient knowledge of navigation to get them out of the South Atlantic and around the cape into more congenial waters where they might find a market for their ill-gotten wealth, and no questions asked.
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.