Definition of impunity in English:

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Pronunciation: /imˈpyo͞onədē/


Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action: the impunity enjoyed by military officers implicated in civilian killings protesters burned flags on the streets with impunity
More example sentences
  • Those involved in such attacks often enjoy complete impunity.
  • War crimes will only end when potential war criminals fear punishment; that will only happen when we end impunity.
  • There was a feeling that living was much harder for those who obeyed the law and that impunity favoured criminals.
immunity, indemnity, exemption (from punishment), freedom from liability, nonliability, license;
amnesty, dispensation, reprieve, pardon, exoneration;
stay of execution;
privilege, favoritism, special treatment, carte blanche
without punishment, with no ill consequences, scot-free, unpunished


Mid 16th century: from Latin impunitas, from impunis 'unpunished', from in- 'not' + poena 'penalty' or punire 'punish'.

Words that rhyme with impunity

community, immunity, importunity, opportunity, unity

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Syllabification: im·pu·ni·ty

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