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Illegal or dishonest - thesaurus

Synonyms

illegal

adjective

not allowed by the law

unlawful

adjective

something that is unlawful is illegal, especially something that would be considered legal in a different situation

shady

adjective

secret and probably dishonest or illegal

wrongful

adjective

unfair, or illegal

unconstitutional

adjective

not allowed or not legal according to the constitution (=set of official rules or principles) of a particular country or organization

unauthorized

adjective

not officially or legally allowed or approved of

improper

adjective

not legal or honest

illicit

adjective

not allowed by the law or rules

underhand

adjective

British secret and dishonest

clandestine

adjective

formal secret and often illegal

actionable per se

legal if a legal case is actionable per se, you do not have to prove that you suffered loss or damage in order to take the case to court

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actionability

noun

the condition of being actionable

actionable

adjective

if someone’s behaviour is actionable, it is so bad that you could start a legal case against them because of it

against

preposition

if there is a law against doing something, it is illegal

against the law/rules

not allowed by the law/rules

backdoor

adjective

secret and usually dishonest or illegal

backstairs

adjective

informal secret and usually dishonest or illegal

backstreet

adjective

done secretly or illegally by people who are not very skilful

bootleg

adjective

bootleg goods are made and sold illegally

convicted

adjective

proved to be guilty of a crime by a court of law

corrupt

adjective

used about societies or systems

counterfeit

adjective

counterfeit bank notes, products, tickets etc are illegal copies made in order to trick people

criminal

adjective

relating to illegal acts

criminal

adjective

used about people who often commit crimes

deceptive

adjective

something that is deceptive seems very different from the way it really is

deceptively

adverb

used for saying that something is different from how it appears

delinquent

adjective

behaving in a way that is criminal or immoral

dirty

adjective

using dishonest or unfair methods

felonious

adjective

mainly American relating to a serious crime such as robbery or murder

fishy

adjective

not completely right, honest, or legal

fraudulent

adjective

made with the intention of tricking someone, especially illegally

funny

adjective

dishonest, or illegal

guilty

adjective

legal someone who is guilty has committed a crime

hot

adjective

informal stolen and being looked for by the police

illegality

noun

formal the state of being illegal

illegitimate

adjective

formal not allowed by the rules or laws

larcenous

adjective

American relating to larceny

lawless

adjective

a lawless place, period of time, or society has no laws or has laws that no one obeys

libellous

adjective

containing written statements about someone that are not true

libelous

the American spelling of libellous

off the back of a lorry

British used about something that is cheap or free because it was probably stolen by the person who gave it to you

on the right/wrong side of the law

doing legal/illegal things

pirate

noun

made by copying something illegally

punishable

adjective

a punishable act will be punished because it is illegal

seedy

adjective

connected with activities that are illegal or morally wrong, and often looking dirty or unpleasant

slanderous

adjective

containing or using slander

smell

verb

to be illegal or dishonest

tortious

adjective

relating to a tort or punishable as a tort

treasonable

adjective

considered to be treason by the law

underground

adjective

secret and usually illegal

under the counter

bought or sold secretly and illegally

under-the-counter

adjective

bought or sold secretly or illegally

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