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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section IV. Moral Affections
5. Institutions

964. [Absence or Violation of Law.] Illegality.

   NOUN:LAWLESSNESS; illicitness; breach -, violation- of law; disobedience [See Disobedience]; unconformity [See Unconformity]; arbitrariness &c. adj.; antinomy, violence, brute force, despotism, tyranny, outlawry.
  mob -, lynch -, club -, Lydford -, martial -, drumhead- law; coup d’état [F.]; le droit du plus fort [F.]; argumentum baculinum [L.].
  ILLEGALITY, informality, unlawfulness, illegitimacy, bar sinister.
  trover and conversion; smuggling, bootlegging [slang, U. S.], illicit distilling [See Drunkenness]; poaching; simony.
   VERB:VIOLATE THE LAW, offend against the law, set the law at defiance, ride roughshod over, drive a coach and six through a statute; make the law a dead letter, take the law into one’s own hands.
  smuggle, run, poach, bootleg [slang, U. S.].
   ADJECTIVE:ILLEGAL; prohibited [See Prohibition]; not allowed, unlawful, illegitimate, illicit, contraband, actionable.
  unchartered, unconstitutional; unwarranted, unwarrantable, unauthorized; informal, unofficial, injudicial [rare], extra-judicial.
  LAWLESS, arbitrary, despotic, despotical; summary, irresponsible; unanswerable, unaccountable.
  null and void; a dead letter.
   ADVERB:ILLEGALLY &c. adj.; with a high hand, in violation of law.
   QUOTATION:Bleed, bleed, poor country! Great Tyranny! lay thou thy basis sure, For goodness dares not check thee!—Macbeth