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im·pu·ni·ty

 (ĭm-pyo͞o′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. im·pu·ni·ties
Exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm.

[Latin impūnitās, from impūne, without punishment : in-, not; see in-1 + poena, penalty (from Greek poinē; see kwei- in Indo-European roots).]

impunity

(ɪmˈpjuːnɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. exemption or immunity from punishment or recrimination
2. exemption or immunity from unpleasant consequences: a successful career marked by impunity from early mistakes.
3. with impunity
a. with no unpleasant consequences
b. with no care or heed for such consequences
[C16: from Latin impūnitās freedom from punishment, from impūnis unpunished, from im- (not) + poena punishment]

im•pu•ni•ty

(ɪmˈpyu nɪ ti)

n.
1. exemption from punishment.
2. immunity from detrimental effects.
[1525–35; < Latin impūnitās=impūn(e) with impunity (im- im-2 + -pūn-, comb. form of poena penalty (see penal) + -e adv. suffix) + -itās -ity)]
syn: See exemption.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impunity - exemption from punishment or loss
exemption, freedom - immunity from an obligation or duty

impunity

noun immunity, freedom, licence, permission, liberty, security, exemption, dispensation, nonliability These gangs operate with apparent impunity.
Translations

impunity

[ɪmˈpjuːnɪtɪ] Nimpunidad f
with impunitycon impunidad, impunemente

impunity

[ɪmˈpjuːnɪti] n
with impunity → impunément
to act with impunity → agir impunément

impunity

nStraflosigkeit f; with impunityungestraft

impunity

[ɪmˈpjuːnɪtɪ] n with impunityimpunemente
References in classic literature ?
As if satisfied with the toil of marching through the wilderness to encounter his enemy, the French general, though of approved skill, had neglected to seize the adjacent mountains; whence the besieged might have been exterminated with impunity, and which, in the more modern warfare of the country, would not have been neglected for a single hour.
It might be true, indeed, that this was a life which could not, with impunity, be lived too long; else, it might make me permanently other than I had been, without transforming me into any shape which it would be worth my while to take.
The scholars were hurried through their lessons without stopping at trifles; those who were nimble skipped over half with impunity, and those who were tardy had a smart application now and then in the rear, to quicken their speed or help them over a tall word.
Having impulsively, it is probable, and perhaps somewhat prematurely revealed the prime but private purpose of the Pequod's voyage, Ahab was now entirely conscious that, in so doing, he had indirectly laid himself open to the unanswerable charge of usurpation; and with perfect impunity, both moral and legal, his crew if so disposed, and to that end competent, could refuse all further obedience to him, and even violently wrest from him the command.
Jurgis had once been among those who scoffed at the idea of these huge concerns cheating; and so now he could appreciate the bitter irony of the fact that it was precisely their size which enabled them to do it with impunity.
Man cannot KNOW in any higher sense than this, any more than he can look serenely and with impunity in the face of the sun: "You will not perceive that, as perceiving a particular thing," say the Chaldean Oracles.
Hence, there is no legal protection in fact, whatever there may be in form, for the slave population; and any amount of cruelty may be inflicted on them with impunity.
Over our whole social system, complacent Imbecility rules supreme -- snuffs out the searching light of Intelligence with total impunity -- and hoots, owl-like, in answer to every form of protest, See how well we all do in the dark
Now, it is well known, that a man may with more impunity be guilty of an actual breach either of real good breeding or of good morals, than appear ignorant of the most minute point of fashionable etiquette.
Besides, he did something to destroy the anarchy that enabled him to plunder society with impunity.
Let us suppose an inhabitant of some remote and superior region, yet unskilled in the ways of men, having read and considered the precepts of the gospel, and the example of our Saviour, to come down in search of the true church: if he would not inquire after it among the cruel, the insolent, and the oppressive; among those who are continually grasping at dominion over souls as well as bodies; among those who are employed in procuring to themselves impunity for the most enormous villainies, and studying methods of destroying their fellow-creatures, not for their crimes but their errors; if he would not expect to meet benevolence, engage in massacres, or to find mercy in a court of inquisition, he would not look for the true church in the Church of Rome.
And while I do not choose now to specify particular acts of Congress as proper to be enforced, I do suggest that it will be much safer for all, both in official and private stations, to conform to and abide by all those acts which stand unrepealed, than to violate any of them, trusting to find impunity in having them held to be unConstitutional.