in·​jus·​tice | \ (ˌ)in-ˈjə-stəs How to pronounce injustice (audio) \

Essential Meaning of injustice

: unfair treatment : a situation in which the rights of a person or a group of people are ignored The organization is devoted to fighting economic/racial/social injustice. protection against injustice See More Examplesthe injustices of apartheid The law is part of an effort to correct an old injustice. He suffered a great/terrible injustice [=wrong] at their hands.Hide

Full 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 Arbery's killing became part of the national reckoning on racial injustice after a graphic video of his death leaked online two months later. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 24 Nov. 2021 Police and crime issues came to the forefront in cities big and small after the death of George Floyd last year led to a national reckoning on racial injustice and law enforcement. Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Nov. 2021 Arbery's death became part of the broader reckoning on racial injustice in the criminal legal system after a string of fatal encounters between Black people and police — George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks, among others. Russ Bynum, CBS News, 3 Nov. 2021 Cavalier, who is Black, was already serving a suspension for publishing a fictional book under a pseudonym over the summer that describes a Black police officer’s experiences with racial injustice. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 One answer is the unsettling situation of the boy, highlighted by a contemporary focus on historical injustice. Nancy Kenney, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 And that’s never going to have an impact on racial injustice. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The Phoenix's shows offer multiple views on how to reckon with racial injustice as well. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Aug. 2021 Unlike most artists when faced with this kind of injustice, Swift actually had the ability to stand up for herself, and in doing so, invoke meaningful dialogue and inspire change within the notoriously slow-moving music industry. Eilish Gilligan,, 12 Nov. 2021

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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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2 Dec 2021

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“Injustice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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, From The Mixed-up Files of 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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