Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Violation of another's rights or of what is right; lack of justice.
  • n. A specific unjust act; a wrong.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Absence of justice.
  • n. Violation of the rights of another person.
  • n. Unfairness; the state of not being fair or just.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of justice and equity; violation of the rights of another or others; iniquity; wrong; unfairness; imposition.
  • n. An unjust act or deed; a sin; a crime; a wrong.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lack of justice or equity; unjust action; violation of another's rights; wrong inflicted.
  • n. Synonyms Damage, Harm, etc. (see injury); unfairness, foul play, grievance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the practice of being unjust or unfair
  • n. an unjust act

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin iniūstitia, from iniūstus, unjust : in-, not; see in-1 + iūstus, just; see just1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French injustice. Equivalent to in- +‎ justice. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I dipped my quill in ink and scratched the word injustice through one of the columns.

    Good Fortune

  • Should we seek to imitate what we term the injustice of

    The Buried Temple

  • Well, they've fallen foul of the Mallorings over what they call injustice to some laborers.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • She had been looking up files of old newspapers, and working herself up into a state of indignation with what she called the injustice and the hypocrisy of the prosecution.

    Chance A Tale in Two Parts

  • Minutes before a Chesterfield County judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison for strangling a former flight attendant-turned prostitute, the man who once aspired to be a police officer delivered a 10-minute rant on what he described as the injustice of his prosecution.

    News for Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • Makhmalbaf, whose daughters Samira and Hana are also film makers, said he would use the prize, which comes with a $50,000 (29,990 pound) purse, to highlight what he called injustice in Iran.

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  • Makhmalbaf, whose daughters Samira and Hana are also film makers, said he would use the prize, which comes with a $50,000 purse, to highlight what he called injustice in Iran.

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  • Devers had always said Davies was entirely overrated by the colonel and Truman and others; he had held all summer that the lieutenant was a "molly-coddle;" he had been reproved more than once for what they termed his injustice to his subaltern, and now Davies had proved just exactly what he knew he would prove, -- a carpet knight, a prayer-meeting soldier, with neither grit nor brawn nor backbone; and if he was killed, at least he had died in time to save the regiment from having to blush for him in the future.

    Under Fire

  • This South Park bridge situation makes me very angry and an example of how social/economic injustice is entrenched in our "liberal" city and county.

    Sustenance in South Park « PubliCola

  • Ignoring any benefits from a reduction in injustice and private sector mismanagement, that would result in the public receiving a 500 to 1 return on its investment in the con-con.

    J.H. Snider: A Historic Year for State Con-Cons

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