injustice

noun
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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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 The unacceptability of the injustice fueled me through. Michelle Lee, STAT, "How a rally after the Atlanta shootings helped heal Asian American health care workers," 3 Apr. 2021 Affordable housing helps manufacture consensus around more of the same injustice. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, "The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing," 2 Apr. 2021 In recent years, more people outside the Black community have started to understand arguments about the racial injustice of the death penalty, Dunham said. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Why Virginia's abolition of the death penalty is a big deal for the state and the US," 29 Mar. 2021 Proponents have said the move could create thousands of jobs and begin to address the racial injustice of a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. Marina Villeneuve, Star Tribune, "New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana," 28 Mar. 2021 Proponents have said the move could create thousands of jobs and begin to address the racial injustice of a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. BostonGlobe.com, "New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana," 28 Mar. 2021 Proponents have said the move could create thousands of jobs and begin to address the racial injustice of a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. Time, "New York Lawmakers Agree to Legalize Recreational Marijuana," 28 Mar. 2021 Divisive politics consumed our everyday lives, while society held a mirror up to face the social injustice that has long plagued this country and the world. Michael Klein, Rolling Stone, "Media Disruption Brings Newer Opportunities to Connect with Consumers in 2021," 23 Mar. 2021 Washington’s National Intelligencer newspaper blamed the injustice on the victim. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "‘Until Justice Be Done’ Review: Free but Not Free," 21 Mar. 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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The first known use of injustice was in the 14th century

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6 Apr 2021

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“Injustice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/injustice. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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 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.

injustice

noun
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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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