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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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to court records, Bareswill targeted New Hope because a pastor from the church had taken part in a local vigil the previous day honoring George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, and protesting racial injustice. Washington Post, "John Malcolm Bareswill sentenced to two years in prison for New Hope threat," 12 Nov. 2020 Their leaders viewed citizenship not as the ultimate shield from injustice, but as a valuable social and legal status. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, "How the World Gave Up on the Stateless," 10 Nov. 2020 The United States men's soccer team announced its intention to lead a protest to highlight racial injustice before the start of a friendly match against Wales on Thursday. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "US men’s soccer team plans anti-racism protest ahead of first match since George Floyd's death," 10 Nov. 2020 Glover said that fighting racial injustice through the ballot box was personal. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, "Joy mixes with wariness as Black Americans savor the election of Biden and Harris," 9 Nov. 2020 But Black Americans, along with white allies and other people of color, continue to protest in the streets nationwide due to police involved shootings and racial injustice. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden will walk into the Oval Office facing a litany of weighty issues. Here's what they are.," 8 Nov. 2020 The great challenges of our time—like climate change, COVID-19, and racial injustice—are perceived as almost entirely different realities on either side of the great divide. David Meyer, Fortune, "A nation divided," 5 Nov. 2020 And James' Lakers won the NBA championship -- all while focusing on how best to raise awareness for social injustice. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "LeBron James, Barack Obama relive phone call that helped save NBA season: ‘We were ready to leave’," 2 Nov. 2020 Please write about this and help correct this injustice! Dallas News, "Less for others, more for me: Recipients usually get what they deserve," 1 Nov. 2020

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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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19 Nov 2020

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“Injustice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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