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iniquity

Syllabification: in·iq·ui·ty
Pronunciation: /iˈnikwədē
 
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Definition of iniquity in English:

noun (plural iniquities)

Immoral or grossly unfair behavior: a den of iniquity a liberal lawyer could uncover the iniquities committed on his own doorstep
More example sentences
  • It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
  • God imputes to Christ, makes over to Christ, lays upon Christ our iniquity and our sin and our unrighteousness and our wickedness.
  • This state is described in Psalm 51 as the result of transgressions, iniquity, sin, and evil.
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French iniquite, from Latin iniquitas, from iniquus, from in- 'not' + aequus 'equal, just'.

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  • equal from (Late Middle English):

    A word that came from Latin aequus, which is also at the root of adequate (early 17th century), equable (mid 17th century), equanimity (early 17th century), equate (Middle English), equity (Middle English), equivalent (Late Middle English) ‘of equal worth’, equator (Late Middle English) the circle where day and night are equal, iniquity (Middle English), and, via French, egalitarian (late 19th century). George Orwell's political satire Animal Farm ( 1945) is the source of the quotation ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.’ Another historic use of equal is from the American Declaration of Independence ( 1776): ‘We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ See also first

Words that rhyme with iniquity

antiquity, obliquity, ubiquity

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