Definitions

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

  • adj. Characterized by iniquity; wicked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. wicked or sinful
  • adj. morally objectionable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by iniquity; unjust; wicked

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by iniquity; unjust; wicked: as, an iniquitous bargain.
  • Synonyms Illegal, Wicked, etc. (see criminal); unfair, inequitable, unrighteous, unprincipled, nefarious.

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

  • adj. characterized by iniquity; wicked because it is believed to be a sin

Etymologies

iniquity +‎ -ous (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Robespierre, a narrow, prudish, jealous, puritanical but able lawyer from Arras, with journalists like Desmoulins and Loustallot, inveighed against what they described as iniquitous class legislation that would have excluded from the councils of the French nation Jean

    The French Revolution A Short History

  • Having failed in a design, which the word iniquitous is scarcely sufficient to characterise, the House of Assembly decidedly assumed a progressive or reform character.

    The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation Volume 1

  • I'm sorry if I sound preachy or scolding, but reading about Reid's perfidy - and that's not too strong a word, nor is "iniquitous" - really set something set me off, today.

    The Anchoress

  • He called his iniquitous vices, follies his licentiousness, love of pleasure his unprincipled expenditure and extravagance, a want of the knowledge of what money was: and his worst sin of all, because the one least likely to be abandoned, his positive, unyielding damning selfishness, he called ‘fashion’ the fashion of the young men of the day.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • He called his iniquitous vices, follies -- his licentiousness, love of pleasure -- his unprincipled expenditure and extravagance, a want of the knowledge of what money was: and his worst sin of all, because the one least likely to be abandoned, his positive, unyielding damning selfishness, he called "fashion" -- the fashion of the young men of the day.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • No one else's use of the word "iniquitous" would make me laugh so hard.

    Polls: Obama Beating Hillary In Indiana And North Carolina

  • The Democratic Alliance has called for Capetonians to unite against what it says is an "iniquitous" plan to turn key sections of the N1 and

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • So pardon me if I take your condemnation of gay marriage as "iniquitous" with a grain of salt.

    04/22/2005

  • The present "iniquitous" situation could not continue.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The South African Legion on Thursday slammed the budget for its failure to address what it described as the "iniquitous" R18 a month allowance paid to war veterans.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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