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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, and the demonstration spread to other players and teams. CBS News, "NFL players union files grievance over new national anthem policy," 10 July 2018 The movie’s heart centers on economic injustice and class struggle. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018 The law can be a viable conduit for injustice and mass suffering. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 Both papers were considered radical; historians and activists at the commemoration ceremonies noted that the publications challenged white supremacy, condemning slavery and racial injustice and advocating for the right to vote. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Flipping the Narrative: Movement to Publicly Honor Black Journalists and Newspapers Grows," 18 June 2018 Williams has been railing against injustice and nonsense for 20 years now. Christopher Arnott,, "Comedy At The Casinos: From Katt Williams To The 'Bumping Mics' Tour," 11 June 2018 Somewhere, Colin Kaepernick, founder of the protests aimed at shining light on social injustice and racial inequality, must be smiling. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Hell Week: Why Roger Goodell's new NFL anthem-protest policy is blowing up in his face | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem as a protest to racial injustice and police brutality in 2016. Geoffrey C. Arnold,, "Donald Trump to invite Colin Kaepernick, Kanye West to participate in race summit: Report," 4 May 2018 In the intervening years, James has been one of the foremost athletes to address politically explosive issues, particularly when the issue is racial injustice and state violence against young black men. Dylan Scott, Vox, "LeBron James, the most important athlete in America, explained," 3 Apr. 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 \

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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