injustice

noun in·jus·tice \ (ˌ)in-ˈjə-stəs \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of injustice

1 : absence of justice : violation of right or of the rights of another : unfairness
2 : an unjust act : wrong

Examples of injustice in a Sentence

  1. The organization is devoted to fighting economic injustice.

  2. The law is part of an effort to correct an old injustice.

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Origin and Etymology of injustice

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

injustice Synonyms

Synonyms
inequity, unfairness, unjustness
Antonyms
equity, fairness, justice
Related Words
dirtiness, foulness
Near Antonyms
cricket

Synonym Discussion of injustice

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


INJUSTICE Defined for English Language Learners

injustice

noun

Definition of injustice for English Language Learners

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


INJUSTICE Defined for Kids

injustice

noun in·jus·tice \ in-ˈjə-stəs \

Definition of injustice for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

injustice

noun in·jus·tice

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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