injustice


injustice
injustice, injury, wrong, grievance are comparable when they denote an act that inflicts undeserved damage, loss, or hardship on a person.
Injustice is the general term applicable not only to an act which involves unfairness to another or a violation of his rights
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class privileges which make injustices easy—Spencer

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the injustices that angered him were never quite genuine— Mailer

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but, as a collective noun, to all acts which come under this description
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he flamed out against injustice because he was a lover of justice— Perry

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the appropriate attitude toward prejudice and injustice and cruelty is indignation— Hicks

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Injury applies to an injustice to a person for which the law allows an action to recover compensation or specific property, or both
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every person who suffers damage to his person, his property, or his reputation as a result of an infringement of the law suffers a legal injuryRubinstein

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Wrong is, in law, a more general term than injury for it applies not only to all injuries as just defined (private wrongs) but to all misdemeanors or crimes which affect the community (public wrongs) and which are punishable according to the criminal code. But in general use wrong differs little from injustice, except in carrying a stronger connotation of flagrancy or of seriousness
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we are . . . steel to the very back, yet wrung with wrongs more than our backs can bear— Shak.

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so many were th£"wrongs that were to be righted, the grievances to be redressed— Muggeridge

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Grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that, in the opinion of those affected, constitutes a wrong or that gives one just grounds for complaint
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they sent to the king a statement of their grievancesKeightley

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in an early state of society any kind of taxation is apt to be looked on as a grievanceFreeman

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Analogous words: damage, hurt, harm, mischief, *injury: infringement, trespass, transgression, violation, infraction, *breach: unfairness, inequitableness (see affirmative adjectives at FAIR)
Contrasted words: "Justice, equity

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  • injustice — [ ɛ̃ʒystis ] n. f. • XIIe; lat. injustitia 1 ♦ Caractère d une personne, d une chose injuste; manque de justice. ⇒ iniquité. L injustice des hommes. L injustice d une sentence. ⇒ partialité. « La puissance ne se montre que si l on en use avec… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Injustice — • The violation of another s strict right against his reasonable will, and the value of the word right is determined to be the moral power of having or doing or exacting something in support or furtherance of one s own advantage Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • injustice — Injustice. s. f. Habitude, ou action contraire à la justice. L injustice regnoit en ce siecle là. il a fait une grande injustice. commettre des injustices. son procedé est plein d injustice …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Injustice — In*jus tice, n. [F. injustice, L. injustitia. See {In } not, and {Justice}, and cf. {Unjust}.] 1. Lack of justice and equity; violation of the rights of another or others; iniquity; wrong; unfairness; imposition. [1913 Webster] If this people… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • injustice — in·jus·tice n 1: absence of justice: violation of what is considered right and just or of the rights of another 2: an unjust act Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • injustice — late 14c., from O.Fr. injustice, from L. injustitia injustice, from injustus unjust, wrongful, oppressive, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + justus just (see JUST (Cf. just) (adj.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Injustice — is the lack of or opposition to justice, either in reference to a particular event or act, or as a larger status quo.The term generally refers to the misuse, abuse, neglect, or malfeasance of a justice system, with regard to a particular case or… …   Wikipedia

  • injustice — [n] unfair treatment; bias abuse, breach, crime, crying shame*, damage, dirty deal*, discrimination, encroachment, favoritism, grievance, inequality, inequity, infraction, infringement, iniquity, malfeasance, malpractice, maltreatment,… …   New thesaurus

  • injustice — Injustice, Iniustitia, Pseudodica …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • injustice — ► NOUN 1) lack of justice. 2) an unjust act or occurrence …   English terms dictionary


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