in·jus·tice | \(ˌ)in-ˈjə-stəs \

Definition of injustice 

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

2 : an unjust act : wrong

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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

Examples of injustice in a Sentence

The organization is devoted to fighting economic injustice. The law is part of an effort to correct an old injustice.

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Players have been kneeling, sitting and raising fists during the national anthem in an effort to raise awareness for racial and social injustice in America since Colin Kaepernick took a knee before a preseason game in 2016. Chris Chavez,, "NFLPA Files Grievance Over NFL's New National Anthem Policy," 10 July 2018 Protesting vociferously and tirelessly against inhumanity and injustice is not uncivil. Nestor Ramos,, "A year ago I wrote about a national push for civility. So, how’s that going?," 28 June 2018 But within a few years, the Griers would become early Underground Railroad conductors, joining with fellow pioneers and other allies to confront the growing tyranny of bondage and injustice. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Unheralded Pioneers of 19th-Century America Were Free African-American Families," 19 June 2018 Defending the anthem from these racial injustice protests is, for Trump, an issue that is extremely real. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "Trump says NFL players protesting racial injustice don't have 'a real issue'," 15 June 2018 Those chefs casually continued a kind of injustice that made Bourdain, always quick to anger, more and more outraged. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "Remembering Anthony Bourdain," 8 June 2018 Today Calhoun is president of the Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, a grassroots community organization confronting environmental and economic injustice., "Meet The Women Who Turned The Tide In Alabama," 30 May 2018 The Pentagon has periodically conducted reviews of conflicts going back to World War II to correct injustices regarding withholding the Medal of Honor. James C. Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "More Iraq veterans deserve the Medal of Honor," 26 Mar. 2018 How about protesting injustice by climbing the Statue of Liberty? Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Man, Twitter Loves a Good Civil War Meme, Huh?," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of injustice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for injustice

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

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English Language Learners Definition of injustice

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


in·jus·tice | \in-ˈjə-stəs \

Kids Definition of injustice

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 : an act of unfair treatment This punishment is an injustice.



Legal Definition of injustice 

1 : absence of justice : violation of what is considered right and just or of the rights of another

2 : an unjust act

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evasion of direct action or statement

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