injustice

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
  1. noun
    the practice of being unjust or unfair
    synonyms: unjustness
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    Antonyms:
    justice, justness
    the quality of being just or fair
    types:
    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
    gamesmanship
    the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win a game
    type of:
    unrighteousness
    failure to adhere to moral principles
  2. noun
    an unjust act
    synonyms: iniquity, shabbiness, unfairness
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    type of:
    actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
    activity that transgresses moral or civil law
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