- to act or treat justly or fairly.
- to appreciate properly: We must see this play again to do it justice.
- to acquit in accordance with one's abilities or potentialities: He finally got a role in which he could do himself justice as an actor.
Origin of justice
Definition for justice (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for justice
He could order the Justice Department to begin the necessary regulatory work.
We separate the search for justice from the search for truth at our peril.
Almost immediately, another group active at the protests called the Justice League snitches.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands|Jacob Siegel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"We're not anti-police, we're anti-police brutality," a member of the Justice League told the crowd, to cheers.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before their sitdown Friday, Justice League NYC had been demanding a meeting with the mayor for more than a week.
To do him justice he was a well-built lad, and those who had seen him out on the river knew he could pull a good oar.The Eight-Oared Victors|Lester Chadwick
Julian, irritated by the whole circumstances of his detention, answered the Justice's interrogation in rather a lofty tone.Peveril of the Peak|Sir Walter Scott
On the contrary, His Imperial Majesty appeals to their sentiments of justice, and to the consciousness of their own dignity.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell
It was evident that the two officers of justice did not enjoy an unmarred serenity.The Knight of Malta|Eugene Sue
Justice is blind for the reason that some lawyers would give her a pain if she could see them.The Silly Syclopedia|Noah Lott
British Dictionary definitions for justice
- the principle of fairness that like cases should be treated alike
- a particular distribution of benefits and burdens fairly in accordance with a particular conception of what are to count as like cases
- the principle that punishment should be proportionate to the offence
- to show to full advantagethe picture did justice to her beauty
- to show full appreciation of by actionhe did justice to the meal
- to treat or judge fairly
Word Origin for justice
Word Origin and History for justice
mid-12c., "the exercise of authority in vindication of right by assigning reward or punishment;" also "quality of being fair and just," from Old French justice "justice, legal rights, jurisdiction" (11c.), from Latin iustitia "righteousness, equity," from iustus "upright, just" (see just (adj.)). The Old French word had widespread senses, including "uprightness, equity, vindication of right, court of justice, judge." The word began to be used in English c.1200 as a title for a judicial officer. Meaning "right order, equity" is late 14c. Justice of the peace first attested early 14c. In the Mercian hymns, Latin iustitia is glossed by Old English rehtwisnisse. To do justice to (someone or something) "render fully and fairly showing due appreciation" is from 1670s.
Culture definitions for justice
A figure in painting and sculpture that symbolizes the impartiality of true justice. The figure of Justice usually appears as a blindfolded woman with a scale in one hand and a sword in the other.
Idioms and Phrases with justice
see do justice to; miscarriage of justice; poetic justice.