May 18 2012

Elicit vs. illicit

by Barbie in Grammar

Elicit and illicit are two commonly confused words with very different meanings. Here’s the difference:

  • Elicit (verb): To draw forth or bring out
    Example: The controversial newspaper article elicited a huge response from angry readers.
  • Illicit (adjective): Not permitted
    Example: Students who participate in illicit activity will be suspended.

You’ll never get these words confused again!