iniquity

[ ih-nik-wi-tee ]
/ ɪˈnɪk wɪ ti /

noun, plural in·iq·ui·ties.

gross injustice or wickedness.
a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin.

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Origin of iniquity

1300–50; Middle English <Latin inīquitās unevenness, unfairness, equivalent to inīqu(us) uneven, unfair (in-in-3 + -īquus, combining form of aequus even, equal) + -itās-ity

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH iniquity

inequity, iniquity
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British Dictionary definitions for iniquity

iniquity
/ (ɪˈnɪkwɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

lack of justice or righteousness; wickedness; injustice
a wicked act; sin

Derived forms of iniquity

iniquitous, adjectiveiniquitously, adverbiniquitousness, noun

Word Origin for iniquity

C14: from Latin inīquitās, from inīquus unfair, from in- 1 + aequus even, level; see equal
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