in·​jus·​tice | \ (ˌ)in-ˈjə-stəs How to pronounce injustice (audio) \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for injustice


inequity, unfairness, unjustness


equity, fairness, justice

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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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Every part of it (is about using the music to end stigma, break down barriers, say something about injustice). Jessi Roti,, "Angel Davanport is back on her own terms: ‘Rap is such a popular sport. Everybody wants to be famous. I want to leave a legacy with my art’," 29 Aug. 2019 Colin Kaepernick continues to use his platform to fight systemic injustice and police brutality. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Colin Kaepernick Taps Ava DuVernay, Yara Shahidi And More For Latest Know Your Rights Campaign," 21 Aug. 2019 On one side, there was America’s youth, outraged by racial injustice and war in Vietnam. Mark Clague, The Conversation, "Fifty years ago, Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock anthem expressed the hopes and fears of a nation," 14 Aug. 2019 Among the issues that have been fodder for possible protest have been race relations, the treatment of the LGBT community, social injustice and disagreements with President Donald Trump. Author: Luis Andres Henao, Anchorage Daily News, "Americans protest on medals stand at Pan Am Games," 11 Aug. 2019 There’s a reason these videos prompt angry calls about injustice. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Calling police on black people over petty matters: There’s a reason these videos go viral," 11 July 2019 The decision, a reversal, came after her office was flooded with angry calls and messages about the injustice of arresting a woman who was shot, while allowing the person who fired the weapon to walk free. Farah Stockman, New York Times, "Manslaughter Charge Dropped Against Alabama Woman Who Was Shot While Pregnant," 3 July 2019 Climate injustice directly affects their communities in devastating ways. Nylah Burton, Essence, "Isra Hirsi Wants You To Join The Climate Strike On September 20," 17 Sep. 2019 The late Harvard law professor William Stuntz, an eloquent critic of mass incarceration, argued that historically the role of the prosecutor as an instrument of blind injustice is a consequence of the changing composition of American cities. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of injustice was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce injustice (audio) \

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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