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

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


inequity, unfairness, unjustness


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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In addition, the new black cultural figures rarely engaged in politics or spoke out against racial injustice. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019 Since then, protests against social injustices during the national anthem have been a hotly contested issue, even prompting responses from the White House. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Florida restaurant cancels NFL package over national anthem protests," 2 Oct. 2018 According to almost every scientific poll, a majority of black people approve of the NFL protests against racial injustice and a majority of whites do not. Michael Harriot, The Root, "10 Euphemisms for ‘Racist’ That Won’t Hurt White People’s Feelings," 7 June 2018 Getty Images In addition to being an actor, director/producer, outspoken advocate against injustice, and all-around badass, Sophia Bush is also an entrepreneur. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Detroit Blows Is the Female-Founded Dry Bar With a Purpose," 8 Feb. 2019 The iconic singer, songwriter, and activist is using social media to spread awareness of the extreme injustices faced by women and girls worldwide. James White; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Annie Lennox Talks Her Global Feminist Movement, and How You Can Join Her," 8 Mar. 2019 The gap is persistent, and widening; half a century after the Fair Housing Act was supposed to help correct this historical injustice, the gap is wider than ever, with just 42.3 percent of black Americans owning homes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Homes owned by black Americans undervalued by billions, says report," 27 Nov. 2018 His go-to move at rallies is to rail against the injustices perpetrated by the Mexican establishment. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your Complete Guide to Mexico's 2018 Elections," 29 June 2018 This wrestling over aggrievement — who will win the prize for suffering the greatest injustice? Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles," 25 June 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 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, 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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