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
It implies a protest against the iniquity of society and the harshness of fate.
OF the harvest of tares, sown in iniquity and reaped in wrath, the police
  returns tell the story.
Because of the influx, rural areas were seen by many as wholesome, while cities
  were dens of iniquity.
The wisdom of the times was that the rural environment was wholesome and that
  the cities were dens of iniquity.
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