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iniquity

[ih-nik-wi-tee] /ɪˈnɪk wɪ ti/
noun, plural iniquities.
1.
gross injustice or wickedness.
2.
a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin.
Origin
1300-1350
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.
Synonyms
1. evildoing, infamy, depravity, knavery.
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  • 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.
  • But the bill is filled with iniquity from end te end as a beggar's jacket is seamed with vermin.
British Dictionary definitions for iniquity

iniquity

/ɪˈnɪkwɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
lack of justice or righteousness; wickedness; injustice
2.
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
n.

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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