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injustice

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noun in·jus·tice \(ˌ)in-ˈjəs-təs\

Simple Definition of injustice

  • : unfair treatment : a situation in which the rights of a person or a group of people are ignored

Full Definition of injustice

  1. 1 :  absence of justice :  violation of right or of the rights of another :  unfairness

  2. 2 :  an unjust act :  wrong

Examples of injustice

  1. The organization is devoted to fighting economic injustice.

  2. The law is part of an effort to correct an old injustice.



Origin of injustice

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin injustitia, from injustus unjust, from in- + justus just


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of injustice

injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights <the injustices suffered by the lower classes>. injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation <libel constitutes a legal injury>. wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice <determined to right society's wrongs>. grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint <a list of employee grievances>.


INJUSTICE Defined for Kids

injustice

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noun in·jus·tice \in-ˈjə-stəs\

Definition of injustice

  1. 1 :  unfair treatment :  violation of a person's rights <She was the oldest child and the only girl and was subject to a lot of injustice. — E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler>

  2. 2 :  an act of unfair treatment <This punishment is an injustice.>





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