See also: Injustice

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From Middle English injustice, from Old French injustice, from Latin iniustitia. Equivalent to in- +‎ justice. Displaced native Old English unrihtwīsnes.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈd͡ʒʌs.tɪs/
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injustice (countable and uncountable, plural injustices)

  1. Absence of justice; unjustice.
  2. Violation of the rights of another person or people.
    Silence in the face of gross injustice, or support for it, or even active involvement therein, comes at a price.
    • 1971, Lyndon Johnson, The Vantage Point[1], Holt, Reinhart & Winston, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 39:
      I was not just the President of Southern Americans or white Americans. I was the President of all Americans. I believed that a huge injustice had been perpetrated for hundreds of years on every black man, woman, and child in the United States. I did not think that our nation could endure much longer as a viable democracy if that injustice were allowed to continue.
  3. Unfairness; the state of not being fair or just.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      The game was engulfed in controversy when Rodwell appeared to win the ball cleanly in a midfield challenge with Suarez. The tackle drew an angry response from Liverpool's players- Lucas in particular as Suarez writhed in agony - but it was an obvious injustice when the England Under-21 midfielder was shown the red card.

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Inherited from Old French, borrowed from Latin injūstitia, from iniustus (unjust).

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injustice f (plural injustices)

  1. injustice

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  1. inflection of injustiçar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative