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[ih-nik-wi-tee] /ɪˈnɪk wɪ ti/
noun, plural iniquities.
gross injustice or wickedness.
a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin.
Origin of iniquity
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
Can be confused
inequity, iniquity.
1. evildoing, infamy, depravity, knavery. Unabridged
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  • From here we would issue in force to close for the night the various dens of iniquity.

  • The young Arab spoke to the boards as though they were partners in his iniquity.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • There is no iniquity that has been so often visited with the immediate curse of God.

    The Abominations of Modern Society Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
  • What a world of iniquity do we live in, what vice and corruption are ever around us!

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Full then of iniquity, full of uncharitableness, full of all wickedness is this practice; and consequently full it is of folly.

British Dictionary definitions for iniquity


noun (pl) -ties
lack of justice or righteousness; wickedness; injustice
a wicked act; sin
Derived Forms
iniquitous, adjective
iniquitously, adverb
iniquitousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inīquitās, from inīquus unfair, from in-1 + aequus even, level; see equal
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Word Origin and History for iniquity

c.1300, "hostility, malevolence; a hostile action," from Old French iniquité "wickedness, unfavorable situation," from Latin iniquitatem (nominative iniquitas) "unequalness, unevenness, injustice," noun of quality from iniquus "unjust, unequal; slanting, steep," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + aequus "just, equal" (see equal). For vowel change, see acquisition. Meaning "evil, wickedness" is from late 14c.

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