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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Illicit vs. Elicit


Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, we will discuss illicit vs. elicit. Do you know the difference between them?


Illicit and Elicit are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.


So, let's dive right in, shall we?

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Illicit refers to something illegal, forbidden, or unlawful.


* They were arrested for selling illicit drugs.

* It would be difficult to keep their illicit meeting a secret.

* Their company is always engaged in illicit practices.

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Elicit means to draw out, call out, or call forth (such as information or a response).


* Your badgering will elicit a negative response.

* My joke elicited no response from the crowd.

* I want to elicit as many sympathy votes as possible.


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STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This®, a writing and editing services company in Denton, TX. He is also the author of Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.


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