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
Recent Examples on the Web The question then was: Where would people go for their fix of iniquity? Mike Scott,, "How a 1920s Bourbon Street nightclub called Maxime forever transformed the French Quarter," 15 Sep. 2020 The house long has been typecast as a den of iniquity, a fantasy hideout for rappers like Snoop Dogg and G-Eazy in their music videos or pornographer Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Peculiar Life of the Man in the 'Big Lebowski' House: An NBA Superfan’s Wild L.A. Mansion," 12 Mar. 2020 The iniquity of what was done to Seberg, harrying her into a breakdown, is beyond dispute; but there’s a problem with Andrews’s movie. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Precarious Descent of “Seberg”," 6 Dec. 2019 The 8,000-square-foot former den of iniquity has been running (quietly) since early September, but Club Pink Pussycat will hold an official grand opening party Nov. 27. Madeleine Marr,, "Miami’s infamous pink strip club just quietly reopened after almost a decade," 31 Oct. 2019 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

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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 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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