in·​iq·​ui·​ty | \ i-ˈni-kwə-tē How to pronounce iniquity (audio) \
plural iniquities

Definition of iniquity

1 : gross injustice : wickedness
2 : a wicked act or thing : sin

Examples of iniquity in a Sentence

the use of illegal narcotics is not only a destroyer of personal health but also an iniquity that undermines our society a nation still struggling with the aftereffects of the iniquity of slavery
Recent Examples on the Web Their pact of iniquity is with the Billboard charts and T-shirt sales. Bob Larsen, SPIN, 12 Feb. 2022 Las Vegas and Atlantic City were known as dens of iniquity. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 12 Feb. 2022 Sparafucile’s den of iniquity—both generically impoverished, though the latter has a bar setup in the center. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 Parents and teachers stepped up local efforts to quash gaming, lest children wind up in one of these dens of digital iniquity. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2021 Don’t even get Bad Bunny started on the iniquity of purses. Allure, 13 Oct. 2021 This is the way of this world in the day of that other’s; make yourselves friends by means of the riches of iniquity, for the wealth of the self is the health of the self exchanged. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 3 July 2021 But those looking for such dens of iniquity in China will be looking for a long, long time. Stacey Anderson, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021 Miraculously, the story grants an exemption to the virtuous white elites who have taken on black people as their moral wards—whites who preen and shake their fists and lament the iniquity, inequity and shame of it all. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 16 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of iniquity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for iniquity

Middle English iniquite, from Anglo-French iniquité, from Latin iniquitat-, iniquitas, from iniquus uneven, from in- + aequus equal

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“Iniquity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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in·​iq·​ui·​ty | \ i-ˈnik-wə-tē How to pronounce iniquity (audio) \
plural iniquities

Kids Definition of iniquity

: an evil or unfair act

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