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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Yet there is much more to soccer than its injustice. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "How to make the case for and against VAR—video assistant referee—in the beautiful game," 10 June 2019 The revelation that this injustice allegedly came down to a CGI issue did not help matters. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Petted Ghost in the Game of Thrones Finale and Nothing Else Matters," 20 May 2019 President Trump, please note: Our being professional athletes has nothing to do with our commitment to fighting injustice. Jenna West,, "Malcolm Jenkins, Players Coalition Members Address Trump's Pardon Request," 21 June 2018 Her characters often find themselves at the end of systematic injustice, and her stories, a mix of cyberpunk, epic and urban fantasy, hard science fiction, and more, critique modern life. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 One image showed safety Malcolm Jenkins raising his fist in protest, but didn’t mention the reason for the gesture — to draw attention to racial injustice and mistreatment of minorities by law enforcement. Rob Tornoe,, "Eagles players Zach Ertz, Chris Long rip Fox News over misleading segment on national anthem protests," 5 June 2018 In addition, the new black cultural figures rarely engaged in politics or spoke out against racial injustice. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019 Since then, protests against social injustices during the national anthem have been a hotly contested issue, even prompting responses from the White House. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Florida restaurant cancels NFL package over national anthem protests," 2 Oct. 2018 According to almost every scientific poll, a majority of black people approve of the NFL protests against racial injustice and a majority of whites do not. Michael Harriot, The Root, "10 Euphemisms for ‘Racist’ That Won’t Hurt White People’s Feelings," 7 June 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 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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