Definition of justice in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌstɪs



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

see rough.



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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