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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 ?
Old friends cannot with impunity be sacrificed for new ones.
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.
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.
Godfrey Ablewhite chose to keep the Diamond, he might do so with perfect impunity.
But what he most felt was that now surely, with the element of impunity pulling him as by hard firm hands, the case was settled for what he might have seen above had he dared that last look.
The hope of impunity is a strong incitement to sedition; the dread of punishment, a proportionably strong discouragement to it.
Such is the king to whom Viking chieftains bowed their heads, and whom the modern and palatial steamship defies with impunity seven times a week.
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.
In the first place, I saw darkly what the nature of the conspiracy had been, how chances had been watched, and how circumstances had been handled to ensure impunity to a daring and an intricate crime.
The Scotia, divided into seven compartments by strong partitions, could brave with impunity any leak.
But surely," said she, "I may enter his county without impunity, and rob it of a few petrified spars without his perceiving me.
They passed some little time at the camp; saw, no doubt, that everything was conducted with military skill and vigilance; and that such an enemy was not to be easily surprised, nor to be molested with impunity, and then departed, to report all that they had seen to their comrades.