Definition of justice in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌstɪs/


1 [mass noun] Just behaviour or treatment: a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people
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  • Instead, he has pushed the church away from social justice and peace concerns.
  • It holds centuries of legal records encompassing the principles of social justice and moral values.
  • This concern for social justice, in turn, creates a norm within congregations that is supported and nourished by the congregants.
1.1The quality of being fair and reasonable: the justice of his case
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  • Others will grant authority to the use of force if it falls within bounds of justice and reason.
  • This is not justice or fair criticism - it is hypocrisy and double standard.
  • An oft-repeated maxim was that reason and justice are to be accorded more regard than mere texts.
validity, justification, soundness, well-foundedness, legitimacy, legitimateness, reasonableness
1.2The administration of the law or authority in maintaining this: a tragic miscarriage of justice
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  • That lack of specific focus is necessary to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice.
  • What impact does that kind of tactical use by corporations have on the administration of justice?
  • The evidence was critical in relation to a serious charge and the administration of justice would be held in disrepute if the evidence was not admitted.
judicial proceedings, administration of the law
2A judge or magistrate, in particular a judge of the Supreme Court of a country or state.
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  • It is, therefore, a matter of public interest who becomes judges of the lower courts and justices of the Supreme Court.
  • Such a writ can only be granted with the agreement of four justices of the Supreme Court.
  • The judicial branch includes a supreme court with justices appointed by the president.
judge, magistrate, His/Her/Your Honour;
in England & Wales recorder;
in Scotland sheriff;
in the Isle of Man deemster;
in the Channel Islands jurat;
North American  jurist, surrogate;
Spanish alcalde
informal beak, m'lud
historical reeve
Scottish historical sheriff-depute, bailie



bring someone to justice

Arrest someone for a crime and ensure that they are tried in court: everything will be done to bring those responsible to justice
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  • If, indeed, the perpetrators of last week's attacks are part of a global network, it will require a coordinated international law enforcement effort to bring them to justice.
  • It is impossible to sue the true perpetrators and bring them to justice.
  • The general public therefore has no role to play in tracking down these people and bringing them to justice.

do oneself justice

Perform as well as one is able to: I did get some interviews but I couldn’t do myself justice
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  • So I just hope our lads can perform and do themselves justice on the day.
  • Would we do ourselves justice and would be able to repay Tim, Martin and Rachel with the thanks they deserved: an Oxford win.
  • ‘I don't know if I'll be able to do myself justice,’ he mused before craftily adding: ‘At least it's another week's work and another paycheque.’

do someone/thing justice

Do, treat, or represent someone or something with due fairness or appreciation: the brief menu does not do justice to the food
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  • There's no way to do it justice with words, so I'll do it justice with photos instead.
  • It's rare to get a house with a design like this and in fairness the design doesn't do it justice… you need to see it up close.
  • I have no concerns about playing the part, only about doing the storyline justice and playing it sensitively.

in justice to

Out of fairness to: I say this in justice to both of you
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  • And yet there comes a point when, in justice to the man himself and the enormous contribution he had made to church and world, retirement might be in everyone's interest.
  • Mr. Woodhead the defence counsel, concluded, ‘If the Bench tell me that there is a sufficient ‘prima facie’ made out, I shall, in justice to the prisoners, reserve what defence I may have until the trial
  • Not, as your dear little daughter there seems to think, because I am greedy, but because I am always punctual, in justice to the cook.

Mr (or Mrs) Justice

British A form of address or reference to a judge of the supreme court (e.g. a High Court judge).
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  • There are two accounts of the remarkable case of the Honourable Mr. Justice Harbottle.
  • The Honourable Mr Justice Mann is a judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court.

rough justice

Pronunciation: /ˌrʌf ˈdʒʌstɪs/
see rough.



Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌstɪsʃɪp/
sense 2.
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  • Subsequently, under William Rehnquist's chief justiceship a narrow majority on the Court resuscitated states' rights for some purposes, but it was not clear how durable these decisions would be.
  • Later, Johnson said, ‘I made him take the justiceship.’
  • Finally, he will move away from the imperial chief justiceship established by his mentor Rehnquist and will rule the court with less of an iron hand.


Late Old English iustise 'administration of the law', via Old French from Latin justitia, from justus (see just).

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