in·​iq·​ui·​ty | \i-ˈni-kwə-tē \
plural iniquities

Definition of iniquity 

1 : gross injustice : wickedness

2 : a wicked act or thing : sin

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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

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But her true target is the persistence of social iniquity both in the Philippines and among Filipinos in America. New York Times, "A Debut Novel Traces the Filipino Experience in the United States," 2 May 2018 Lift is a perfect avatar for the sort of iniquity that’s most highly rewarded in Silicon Valley and in capitalist circles well beyond the gates of Menlo Park, Cupertino, and Mountain View. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Has an Eerily Familiar Villain," 10 July 2018 To blame your own iniquities on someone else is unfair. Alexia Fernandez,, "Teen Mom's Tyler Baltierra Defends His 'Self Care' Following Weight Loss Criticism," 2 Feb. 2018 And 2015’s A Bigger Splash relies on the den of iniquity on the island of Pantelleria in which its protagonists pursue their misbegotten fates. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Tour The 17th-Century Italian Villa In Director Luca Guadagnino’s 'Call Me By Your Name'," 7 Nov. 2017 But the iniquity of the northern labor camps, the old Gulag, inspires reflections about wasted life. WSJ, "Five Best: Catherine Merridale," 4 Aug. 2017 Despite its indignities and iniquities, commercial air travel is still a great leveler. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "When Pigs Fly," 13 Oct. 2017 In sports, though, there are many winning plays, and that goes for ways to protest iniquity as well. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "A Brief History of Protest in Sports," 5 Oct. 2017 The Playboy Mansion’s history as a den of iniquity is true, but most of the more libidinous stories date from the distant past. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Meet the New Owner of the Playboy Mansion," 30 July 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of iniquity

: the quality of being unfair or evil

: something that is unfair or evil


in·​iq·​ui·​ty | \i-ˈnik-wə-tē \
plural iniquities

Kids Definition of iniquity

: an evil or unfair act

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