Definition of injustice in US English:

injustice

noun

  • 1Lack of fairness or justice.

    ‘the injustice of the death penalty’
    • ‘Terrorism, he said, could only be defeated by addressing global problems of poverty and injustice.’
    • ‘The cost of strict liability is that it may result in injustice in individual cases.’
    • ‘Pressure groups have always played a vital part in ending discrimination and injustice.’
    • ‘There is a growing consciousness both amongst the elite and those that face injustice.’
    • ‘Economic privilege and injustice is increasing and class prejudice is accepted to an alarming degree.’
    • ‘How can some of that emotion be channelled to indignation about poverty and social injustice here too?’
    • ‘The campaign calls on the Brazilian people to overcome all violence and injustice.’
    • ‘The passivity involved here is that of letting oneself be affected by all that is negative, by injustice and death.’
    • ‘The sentiment of the film is that it is time for injustice and impunity to end.’
    • ‘We must tackle ignorance, poverty and injustice but we must do so on contemporary battlefields.’
    • ‘Poverty and injustice are recognised as factors that nurture terrorism.’
    • ‘This is fundamental to medicine and healing; it applies no less to social injustice.’
    • ‘To claim to do so in the name of ‘true justice’ is simply insulting to the victims of injustice.’
    • ‘Terrorism and lawlessness thrive where poverty and despair are met with injustice.’
    • ‘Open letters appeared at key moments in the history of injustice in this country.’
    • ‘So the greatest injustice our manifesto addresses is the unfairness to a child born into poverty.’
    • ‘The fight against social and political injustice has historically been an integral part of Sikhism.’
    • ‘So I grew up in a home that made me very sensitive to racism, to unfairness, to injustice.’
    • ‘This is the Irish premier of this play which deals with justice and social injustice.’
    • ‘It is hard to imagine the horrors of war, crippling poverty or injustice where we live.’
    1. 1.1 An unjust act or occurrence.
      ‘brooding over life's injustices’
      • ‘They revel in every perceived injustice, and are desperate to have someone to blame.’
      • ‘But in spite of the injustices meted out by her father, she is not bitter.’
      • ‘Do they campaign against the assorted injustices in the city and challenge politicians on their doorstep?’
      • ‘You are downplaying the honest feelings we have in regards to these injustices, and losing our respect.’
      • ‘This must be reversed, otherwise this country will collapse when such injustices remain.’
      • ‘Putting a deadline on eliminating this injustice would be a real success.’
      • ‘But the Vietnam he founded is not one that wallows in the injustices and hardships of the past.’
      • ‘Australia provides for and nurtures this injustice by its immoral foreign policy.’
      • ‘On behalf of the people that I represent in this parliament, I say sorry for these past injustices.’
      • ‘He referred to a number of grave injustices that were imposed on non-national workers in this country.’
      • ‘Put this injustice right Home Office, these men have earned the right to be called British and they are proud to do so.’
      • ‘However, in our quest for universal peace, this does not mean that we are forgetful of injustices.’
      • ‘They fought shoulder-to-shoulder with men against the injustices of colonial rule.’
      • ‘Few people in his position used their fame to stand up against injustices and to spread the message of love and peace in the way he did.’
      • ‘We need to take the opportunities we have to be active, not passive, in exposing the injustices done to ourselves and to others.’
      • ‘It should aim to make us aware of the injustices still rampant.’
      • ‘It was literature that gave her the courage to write about the terrible injustices she witnessed among the black population.’
      • ‘Some land surrendered to the Crown may have involved injustices.’
      • ‘We all see how global injustices directly affect local injustices.’
      • ‘However, social and racial injustices persist and it's important that some people should get angry about it.’
      unfairness, unjustness, inequity, corruption
      wrong, injury, offence, unjust act, evil, villainy, crime, sin, iniquity, misdeed, outrage, atrocity, scandal, disgrace, monstrosity, affront, grievance
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Phrases

  • do someone an injustice

    • Judge a person unfairly.

      • ‘Perhaps I'm doing him an injustice in assuming that he was preening.’
      • ‘He does me an injustice as I have no problems with the airport as such.’
      • ‘While he was in no way bound to Rebecca, he felt as though he was doing her an injustice by spending the evening with another girl.’
      • ‘I have been disturbed by the superior and patronising tone adopted by some of your correspondents to the involvement of young people in the anti-war movement - they do them an injustice.’
      • ‘Pearson tells us he was handsome, so maybe the photographs reproduced here do him an injustice.’
      get the wrong idea about, get wrong, get the wrong end of the stick about, judge incorrectly, jump to the wrong conclusion about, estimate wrongly
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin injustitia, from in- ‘not’ + justus ‘just, right’.

Pronunciation

injustice

/inˈjəstəs//ɪnˈdʒəstəs/