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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 ?
Thwackum, on the contrary, maintained that the human mind, since the fall, was nothing but a sink of iniquity, till purified and redeemed by grace.
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.
And now,'' pursued the Grand Master, ``since our Brother of Goodalricke's question has been thus imperfectly answered, pursue we our quest, brethren, and with our patron's assistance, we will search to the bottom this mystery of iniquity.
The iniquity of the instigation proved its antidote, and when he further added:--
The butcher who was not sending meat to the vicarage constantly threatened not to come to church, and the Vicar was sometimes obliged to make a threat: it was very wrong of him not to come to church, but if he carried iniquity further and actually went to chapel, then of course, excellent as his meat was, Mr.
And though the iniquity of late times have made clergymen meanly valued, and the sacred name of priest contemptible, yet I will labor to make it honorable.
A blessing on the righteous colony of the Massachusetts, where iniquity is dragged out into the sunshine
Not so with the ancient pagans, who were considered to be something between atheists and demon-worshipers, capable of any iniquity.
In a report on her activities during the year, the Ombudsman pointed out that there was little to boast when it came to the battle against the iniquity of monopolies.
So, being of a curious mind, I was drawn to read Nicholas Kristof on the July 15 Opinion page because of the headline, "Fighting iniquity takes ditching our delusions.
YOUR correspondent John of Newcastle refers, rightly, to the iniquity of the current system of raising taxes at a local level based as it is on a presumed value of property but taking no account of the number of occupants, other than a 25% reduction for single occupiers.