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in·iq·ui·ty

 (ĭ-nĭk′wĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·iq·ui·ties
1. Gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.
2. A grossly immoral act; a sin.

[Middle English iniquite, from Old French, from Latin inīquitās, from inīquus, unjust, harmful : in-, not; see in-1 + aequus, equal.]

iniquity

(ɪˈnɪkwɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. lack of justice or righteousness; wickedness; injustice
2. a wicked act; sin
[C14: from Latin inīquitās, from inīquus unfair, from in-1 + aequus even, level; see equal]
inˈiquitous adj
inˈiquitously adv
inˈiquitousness n

in•iq•ui•ty

(ɪˈnɪk wɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. gross injustice or wickedness.
2. a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin inīquitās unevenness, unfairness =inīqu(us) uneven (in- in-3 + -īquus, comb. form of aequus even, equal) + -itās -ity]

iniquity

- Absence of moral or spiritual values or an unjust act, it is a combination of in-, "not," and aequus, "equal, just," from Latin.
See also related terms for moral.

inequity, iniquity - Inequity is "injustice, unfairness"; iniquity refers to "immorality, sin, wickedness."
See also related terms for sin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.iniquity - absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
foulness - disgusting wickedness and immorality; "he understood the foulness of sin"; "his display of foulness deserved severe punishment"; "mouths which speak such foulness must be cleansed"
2.iniquity - morally objectionable behavioriniquity - morally objectionable behavior  
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"
devilry, deviltry - wicked and cruel behavior
foul play - unfair or dishonest behavior (especially involving violence)
irreverence, violation - a disrespectful act
sexual immorality - the evil ascribed to sexual acts that violate social conventions; "sexual immorality is the major reason for last year's record number of abortions"
3.iniquity - an unjust actiniquity - an unjust act        
actus reus, wrongful conduct, misconduct, wrongdoing - activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing"

iniquity

iniquity

noun
1. That which is morally bad or objectionable:
2. Lack of justice:
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iniquity

[ɪˈnɪkwɪtɪ] Niniquidad f, injusticia f iniquities [of system] → injusticias fpl, iniquidades fpl; [of person] → excesos mpl, desmanes mpl

iniquity

[ɪˈnɪkwɪti] niniquité f

iniquity

n (no pl: = wickedness) → Ungeheuerlichkeit f; (= sin)Missetat f; (= crime)Gräueltat f ? den

iniquity

[ɪˈnɪkwɪtɪ] niniquità f inv

iniquity

(iˈnikwiti) plural iˈniquities noun
(an act of) wickedness.
References in classic literature ?
A blessing on the righteous colony of the Massachusetts, where iniquity is dragged out into the sunshine
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
But if, by means of charms and of spells, Satan had obtained dominion over the Knight, perchance because he cast his eyes too lightly upon a damsel's beauty, we are then rather to lament than chastise his backsliding; and, imposing on him only such penance as may purify him from his iniquity, we are to turn the full edge of our indignation upon the accursed instrument, which had so wellnigh occasioned his utter falling away.
Oh faithless Fernando, here, here shalt thou pay the penalty of the wrong thou hast done me; these hands shall tear out that heart of thine, abode and dwelling of all iniquity, but of deceit and fraud above all; and to these he added other words all in effect upbraiding this Fernando and charging him with treachery and faithlessness.
And the lawyer, scared by the thought, brooded awhile on his own past, groping in all the corners of memory, least by chance some Jack-in-the-Box of an old iniquity should leap to light there.
Turning now to the opposite characters of Commodus, Severus, Antoninus Caracalla, and Maximinus, you will find them all cruel and rapacious-- men who, to satisfy their soldiers, did not hesitate to commit every kind of iniquity against the people; and all, except Severus, came to a bad end; but in Severus there was so much valour that, keeping the soldiers friendly, although the people were oppressed by him, he reigned successfully; for his valour made him so much admired in the sight of the soldiers and people that the latter were kept in a way astonished and awed and the former respectful and satisfied.
Each member of the congregation, the most innocent girl, and the man of hardened breast, felt as if the preacher had crept upon them, behind his awful veil, and discovered their hoarded iniquity of deed or thought.
The iniquity of the instigation proved its antidote, and when he further added:--
If," said Agamemnon, "you are sons of Antimachus, who once at a council of Trojans proposed that Menelaus and Ulysses, who had come to you as envoys, should be killed and not suffered to return, you shall now pay for the foul iniquity of your father.
But there is, nevertheless, many a petty trader that has navigated the Pacific whose course from island to island might be traced by a series of cold-blooded robberies, kidnappings, and murders, the iniquity of which might be considered almost sufficient to sink her guilty timbers to the bottom of the sea.
Then, suddenly, came the reflection--What a horrible rubbish-heap of iniquity to fumble in
When he was on the frontier in search of the local murderer who came in the grey dawn to send Strickland much further than the Andaman Islands, Tietjens caught him as he was crawling into Strickland's tent with a dagger between his teeth, and after his record of iniquity was established in the eyes of the law, he was hanged.