injustice

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for injustice

Synonyms

inequity, unfairness, unjustness

Antonyms

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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An upside to having phones and social media has been so much more awareness of all the injustices and things going on in the world, and having a voice and platform that just didn’t exist before. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Star Kiernan Shipka on Being Shipped with Ross Lynch and Why She Loves Playing a Teenage Witch," 19 Nov. 2018 Immediate government regulation and intervention is clearly required to right this terrible injustice. WSJ, "Give No Triple Points for ‘Gender Differences’," 22 Nov. 2018 And so those are the things that Colin Kaepernick and everyone that’s fighting this, this social injustice, are trying to fix. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Unlike some athletes, former NFL star Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t want to be a venture capitalist," 23 Oct. 2018 In a few years, Kennedy’s voice would become unmistakable around the world — that of a president capable of oratory magic looking upward to the moon and inward to racial injustice. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "‘Awe-inspiring’: Listen to Sen. John F. Kennedy read the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018 King was concerned to identify the values that should guide our resistance to injustice. Time Staff, Time, "10 Historians on What People Still Don't Know About Martin Luther King Jr.," 4 Apr. 2018 More than any other drug, it has been linked to politics, from xenophobic attitudes to the injustice of mass incarceration. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Government bans on pot research have created room for marijuana health hype," 6 Nov. 2018 The good news is that there are many ways to help people directly, while also working to change the systemic issues that create injustice in the world. Amnesty International Usa, Teen Vogue, "How to Pursue a Career That Helps People Directly," 22 June 2018 Critics call the 4-minute video an indictment of gun violence in America, police violence, rampant consumerism, obsession with social media and the blind eyes turned to injustice as people record the chaos around them on their cell phones. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Here's what you missed in Childish Gambino's 'This is America' video | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 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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injustice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of injustice

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

injustice

noun
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.

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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