iniquity

[ih-nik-wi-tee]
noun, plural iniquities.
1.
gross injustice or wickedness.
2.
a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin inīquitās unevenness, unfairness, equivalent to inīqu(us) uneven, unfair (in- in-3 + -īquus, combining form of aequus even, equal) + -itās -ity

inequity, iniquity.


1. evildoing, infamy, depravity, knavery.
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iniquity (ɪˈnɪkwɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  lack of justice or righteousness; wickedness; injustice
2.  a wicked act; sin
 
[C14: from Latin inīquitās, from inīquus unfair, from in-1 + aequus even, level; see equal]
 
in'iquitous
 
adj
 
in'iquitously
 
adv
 
in'iquitousness
 
n

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iniquity
c.1300, from O.Fr. iniquité, from L. iniquitatem (nom. iniquitas) "unequalness, injustice," noun of quality from iniquus "unjust, unequal," from in- "not" + æquus "just, equal." For vowel change, see acquisition.
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Example sentences
In preaching the iniquities of pandering to the starved savagery of the viewing public, the film practices what it preaches.
Similarly, opponents of both dueling and foot-binding spelled out their iniquities.
And then you wonder why people revolt against the iniquities of life.
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