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iniquitous

[ih-nik-wi-tuh s]
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adjective
  1. characterized by injustice or wickedness; wicked; sinful.

Origin of iniquitous

First recorded in 1720–30; iniquit(y) + -ous
Related formsin·iq·ui·tous·ly, adverbin·iq·ui·tous·ness, nounun·in·iq·ui·tous, adjectiveun·in·iq·ui·tous·ly, adverbun·in·iq·ui·tous·ness, noun

Synonyms

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flagitious, nefarious, perverse, evil, base, unjust, wrong.

Antonyms

righteous.
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Examples from the Web for iniquitous

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Historical Examples

  • My blood be upon your own heads and upon this iniquitous and monstrous tribunal.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • I, despoiled by those knaves, the victim of an iniquitous sentence.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I even made a bet about it, which shows how iniquitous gambling is.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • May the New-Orleans compounder be forgiven the iniquitous mixture!

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable

  • And that iniquitous Yankee scoundrel who has slipped through my fingers.

    Hunting the Skipper

    George Manville Fenn


Word Origin and History for iniquitous

adj.

1726, from iniquity + -ous. Related: Iniquitously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper