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[il-got-n] /ˈɪlˈgɒt n/
acquired by dishonest, improper, or evil means:
ill-gotten gains.
Origin of ill-gotten
1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He put his ill-gotten gains into education, much to our benefit.
  • But none of those concerns involve ill-gotten goods.
  • Even with the best of intentions, it may be difficult for museums to completely avoid the acquisition of ill-gotten artifacts.
  • But the cells where they stowed him were apparently no match for his ill-gotten gains.
  • Shadow economy does not mean ill-gotten gains here, but legal economic activity that is not taxed.
  • The line between legitimate research and ill-gotten information is fuzzy.
  • For one thing, even rebels would have trouble finding a market for ill-gotten gemstones at present.
  • The resurgent parliaments can confiscate thousands of billions lying under the carpet from ill-gotten wealth.
  • It is clear that people with ill-gotten money go there to gamble because they don't know the true value of money.
  • Once out of the shop, he asks her name and tosses her his ill-gotten merchandise.
British Dictionary definitions for ill-gotten


obtained dishonestly or illegally (esp in the phrase ill-gotten gains)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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