- adjective illgotten gains/wealth etc especially humorous money that was obtained in an unfair or dishonest way: They rushed home to gloat over their ill-gotten gains.
Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.
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ill-gotten — adj. obtained illegally or by improper means; as, ill gotten gains. Syn: dirty. [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ill-gotten — UK US /ˌɪlˈgɒtən/ adjective ► that someone has got in a dishonest, unfair, or illegal way: »ill gotten gains/wealth/profits … Financial and business terms
ill-gotten — [il′gät′ n] adj. obtained by evil, unlawful, or dishonest means [ill gotten gains] … English World dictionary
ill-gotten — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ acquired by illegal or unfair means … English terms dictionary
ill-gotten — adjective Date: 1552 acquired by illicit or improper means < ill gotten gains > … New Collegiate Dictionary
ill-gotten — /il got n/, adj. acquired by dishonest, improper, or evil means: ill gotten gains. [1545 55] * * * … Universalium
ill-gotten — adj. Ill gotten is used with these nouns: ↑gain … Collocations dictionary
ill-gotten — /ˈɪl gɒtn / (say il gotn) adjective acquired by evil means: ill gotten gains … Australian English dictionary
ill-gotten — Loa a me ka hewa. ♦ Ill gotten gains, waiwai loa a me ke kolohe … English-Hawaiian dictionary
ill-gotten — adjective obtained illegally or by improper means dirty money ill gotten gains • Syn: ↑dirty • Similar to: ↑illegal … Useful english dictionary