Life isn’t fair, and that quality is exactly what defines injustice: something unfair that happens, often in violation of a basic human right.

In the early 19th century in the United States, women could not legally vote, but they fought back against this injustice and eventually won voting rights. The word comes from a Latin phrase that literally means “not right,” and injustice is the opposite of justice, which is a fair and righteous act. Injustice can be general or specific, like the injustice suffered by poor people everywhere, or an individual act of injustice committed by some unkind person.

Definitions of injustice

n the practice of being unjust or unfair

justice, justness
the quality of being just or fair
inequity, unfairness
injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards
wrong, wrongfulness
that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law
the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win a game
Type of:
failure to adhere to moral principles

n an unjust act

iniquity, shabbiness, unfairness
Type of:
actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
activity that transgresses moral or civil law

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