Word of the Day: Elicit and Illicit


e-lic-it  /  ĭ-lĭs-ĭt




  1. to draw forth, to evoke

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

Horace 65 B.C.- 8 B.C.




Il-lic-it  /  ĭ-lĭs-ĭt




  1. not according to law; illegal

Never seek illicit wealth.

Confucius 551-479 BC


  1. not permitted or allowed, against common standards or customs

We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposes to rob us of their companionship.

James Harvey Robinson, 1863 – 1936