in·​jus·​tice (ˌ)in-ˈjə-stəs How to pronounce injustice (audio)
: absence of justice : violation of right or of the rights of another : unfairness
: 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 But researchers say that anger also serves the valuable purpose of calling attention to injustices and motivating people to solve problems. Cathy Cassata, Health, 7 June 2024 The Times’ Tyrone Beason wrote about the settlement, which could help bring water to many Navajo Nation homes that don’t have running water — a longstanding injustice. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024 The broader injustice of the welfare state is obscured, while the immigrants-abuse-welfare objection is used to push for limits on immigration. Agustina Vergara Cid, Orange County Register, 3 June 2024 Leger Fernández said Johnson’s focus on costs ignores the injustice of harms caused by building and testing nuclear bombs, in New Mexico and elsewhere. Danielle Prokop, Idaho Statesman, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for injustice 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Injustice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​jus·​tice (ˈ)in-ˈjəs-təs How to pronounce injustice (audio)
: violation of the rights of another : unfairness
: an unjust act

Legal Definition


: absence of justice : violation of what is considered right and just or of the rights of another
: an unjust act

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