Definition of injustice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʒʌstɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʒʌstɪs//
[uncountable, countable]
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  • the fact of a situation being unfair and of people not being treated equally; an unfair act or an example of unfair treatment fighting against poverty and injustice a burning sense of injustice social injustice She was enraged at the injustice of the remark. The report exposes the injustices of the system. opposite justice
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from Latin injustitia, from in- ‘not’ + justus ‘just, right’.Extra examples It would be an injustice to the man to imprison him for life. She remains adamant that an injustice was done. She was acclaimed for speaking out against injustice. She was overwhelmed by the injustice of it all. The trial was regarded as the greatest injustice of the post-war criminal justice system. They see the injustice and want to help. a novel that sets out to expose social injustice a terrible injustice by the police people who work hard to correct society’s injustices I did not really see myself as a victim of injustice. Perhaps I’m doing you an injustice. She felt a burning sense of injustice with regard to the situation. Social and political injustice seemed to be getting worse rather than better. The court decided that he certainly had suffered an injustice. They were convinced that a grave injustice had been done. We are committed to fighting against poverty and injustice.Idioms
    do yourself/somebody an injustice
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    to judge yourself/somebody unfairly We may have been doing him an injustice. This work is good.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: injustice