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as in inequity
the state of being unfair or unjust the injustice of the coach's accusation that I'd been lazy frustrated and angered me

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as in wrong
unfair or inadequate treatment of someone or something or an instance of this a group that has long suffered injustice at the hands of our judicial system

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How does the noun injustice contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of injustice are grievance, injury, and wrong. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use grievance instead of injustice?

The words grievance and injustice can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When can injury be used instead of injustice?

The meanings of injury and injustice largely overlap; however, injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation.

libel constitutes a legal injury

When might wrong be a better fit than injustice?

While the synonyms wrong and injustice are close in meaning, 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

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“Injustice.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/injustice. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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