Iniquity



[ih-nik-wi-tee] /ɪˈnɪk wɪ ti/

noun, plural iniquities.
1.
gross injustice or wickedness.
2.
a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin.
/ɪˈnɪkwɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
lack of justice or righteousness; wickedness; injustice
2.
a wicked act; sin
n.

c.1300, “hostility, malevolence; a hostile action,” from Old French iniquité “wickedness, unfavorable situation,” from Latin iniquitatem (nominative iniquitas) “unequalness, unevenness, injustice,” noun of quality from iniquus “unjust, unequal; slanting, steep,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + aequus “just, equal” (see equal). For vowel change, see acquisition. Meaning “evil, wickedness” is from late 14c.

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