noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin injustitia, from injustus unjust, from in- + justus just Date: 14th century 1. absence of justice ; violation of right or of the rights of another ; unfairness 2. an unjust act ; wrong Synonyms: injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights <
the injustices suffered by the lower classes
. injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation <
libel constitutes a legal injury
. wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice <
determined to right society's wrongs
. grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint <
a list of employee grievances

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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