justice

See also: Justice

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English justice, from Old French justise, justice (Modern French justice), from Latin iūstitia (righteousness, equity), from iūstus (just), from iūs (right), from Proto-Italic *jowos, perhaps literally "sacred formula", a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious cults, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-. Doublet of Justitia.

Displaced native Old English rihtwīsnes.

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justice (countable and uncountable, plural justices)

  1. The state or characteristic of being just or fair.
    the justice of a description
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene vii]:
      This even-handed justice / Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice / To our own lips.
    • 2001, David L. Lieber; Jules Harlow, Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, page 8:
      God recognized the justice of the moon's plea and compensated for its diminution by promising that only the moon would be seen both day and night.
  2. The ideal of fairness, impartiality, etc., especially with regard to the punishment of wrongdoing.
    Justice was served.
  3. Judgment and punishment of a party who has allegedly wronged another.
    to demand justice
  4. The civil power dealing with law.
    Ministry of Justice
    the justice system
  5. A title given to judges of certain courts; capitalized when placed before a name.
    Mr. Justice Krever presides over the appellate court
  6. Correctness, conforming to reality or rules.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French justise, justice, borrowed from Latin iūstitia, jūstitia. Doublet of justesse.

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justice f (plural justices)

  1. justice

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NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French justise, justice, borrowed from Latin iūstitia, jūstitia (righteousness, equity), from iūstus (just), from iūs (right), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-.

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justice f (plural justices)

  1. (Jersey) justice

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justice f (oblique plural justices, nominative singular justice, nominative plural justices)

  1. Alternative form of justise