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

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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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The Bible talks about the mystery of iniquity or in some versions the spirit of lawlessness. The Rev. Mike Taylor,, "Taylor: The mystery of iniquity in today’s world and the coming spiritual ‘reset’," 23 Aug. 2019 The result is an energetic, colourful tour of the city’s dens of iniquity. The Economist, "Music and morals in New York’s ragtime age," 15 Aug. 2019 The musical Hamilton does the same thing in its ambivalent dynamic of denouncing slavery’s iniquities while suggesting that its own protagonists were exempt from them. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery," 11 June 2019 An earlier iteration had passed Congress in 2000 with Biden’s support, but President Clinton refused to sign it at the urging of the first lady, who had been briefed on its iniquities by Elizabeth Warren. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce iniquity (audio) \
plural iniquities

Kids Definition of iniquity

: an evil or unfair act

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