Because “elicit” and “illicit” are homophones (words that sound alike), they are often confused. Some tips on telling them apart.
- Elicit or Illicit: the difference
Is a verb: A word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience.
Is an adjective: A word that describes a person, place, thing, event, substance or quality.
- Elicit or Illicit: the definitions
- To get or produce something, especially information or a reaction.
- To get a student to provide or remember a fact, response, etc. rather than telling them the answer.
- Illegal or disapproved of by society
- Elicit or Illicit: the synonyms
Could also mean (synonyms): Extort, evoke, extract, obtain, bring out, derive, fetch, wrest, wring, cause.
Synonyms include: Adulterous, bootleg, contraband, illegal, illegitimate, immoral, improper, unlawful, prohibited.
- Elicit or Illicit: in a sentence
- Barry wanted to elicit empathy so he told everyone the story of his fight with cancer.
- The officer was confident he will be able to elicit the truth about his partner’s disappearance from the informant.
- The school fair was a success as it managed to elicit donations from many small businesses in the area.
- She hoped to elicit some information from her friends about her surprise birthday gift but failed.
- If I can elicit enough support from my older siblings, I know that my parents will let me travel on my own.
- Sarah tried everything but she can’t kick his illicit drug habit.
- Debbie is having an illicit love affair with her boss and is afraid that her colleagues will find out about her secret.
- In school, students are prohibited from having illicit items such as drugs, alcohol and weapons.
- I resigned as I couldn’t bear to work for a man who is willing to engage in illicit practices to grow his business.
- Jayden stays away from all illicit activities as he doesn’t want to disappoint his loved ones.
Reference: Cambridge Dictionary