Definitions for: Justice


[n] the administration of law; the act of determining rights and assigning rewards or punishments; "justice deferred is justice denied"
[n] the quality of being just or fair
[n] the federal department responsible for enforcing federal laws (including the enforcement of all civil rights legislation); created in 1870
[n] a public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of justice



Webster (1913) Definition: Jus"tice, n. [F., fr. L. justitia, fr. justus just.
See Just, a.]
1. The quality of being just; conformity to the principles of
righteousness and rectitude in all things; strict
performance of moral obligations; practical conformity to
human or divine law; integrity in the dealings of men with
each other; rectitude; equity; uprightness.

Justice and judgment are the haditation of thy
throne. -- Ps. ixxxix.
11.

The king-becoming graces, As justice, verity,
temperance, stableness, . . . I have no relish of
them. -- Shak.

2. Conformity to truth and reality in expressing opinions and
in conduct; fair representation of facts respecting merit
or demerit; honesty; fidelity; impartiality; as, the
justice of a description or of a judgment; historical
justice.

3. The rendering to every one his due or right; just
treatment; requital of desert; merited reward or
punishment; that which is due to one's conduct or motives.

This even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of
our poisoned chalice To our own lips. -- Shak.

4. Agreeableness to right; equity; justness; as, the justice
of a claim.



5. A person duly commissioned to hold courts, or to try and
decide controversies and administer justice.

Note: This title is given to the judges of the common law
courts in England and in the United States, and extends
to judicial officers and magistrates of every grade.

Bed of justice. See under Bed.

Chief justice. See in the Vocabulary.

Justice of the peace (Law), a judicial officer or
subordinate magistrate appointed for the conservation of
the peace in a specified district, with other incidental
powers specified in his commission. In the United States a
justice of the peace has jurisdiction to adjudicate
certain minor cases, commit offenders, etc.

Syn: Equity; law; right; rectitude; honesty; integrity;
uprightness; fairness; impartiality.

Usage: Justice, Equity, Law. Justice and equity are the
same; but human laws, though designed to secure
justice, are of necessity imperfect, and hence what is
strictly legal is at times far from being equitable or
just. Here a court of equity comes in to redress the
grievances. It does so, as distinguished from courts
of law; and as the latter are often styled courts of
justice, some have fancied that there is in this case
a conflict between justice and equity. The real
conflict is against the working of the law; this a
court of equity brings into accordance with the claims
of justice. It would be an unfortunate use of language
which should lead any one to imagine he might have
justice on his side while practicing iniquity
(inequity). Justice, Rectitude. Rectitude, in its
widest sense, is one of the most comprehensive words
in our language, denoting absolute conformity to the
rule of right in principle and practice. Justice
refers more especially to the carrying out of law, and
has been considered by moralists as of three kinds:
(1) Commutative justice, which gives every man his own
property, including things pledged by promise. (2)
Distributive justice, which gives every man his exact
deserts. (3) General justice, which carries out all
the ends of law, though not in every case through the
precise channels of commutative or distributive
justice; as we see often done by a parent or a ruler
in his dealings with those who are subject to his
control.


Jus"tice, v. t.
To administer justice to. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Synonyms: Department of Justice, judge, judicature, jurist, Justice Department, justness, magistrate

Antonyms: injustice, unjustness

See Also: adjudicator, administration, chief justice, Daniel, disposal, doge, equity, executive department, fairness, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, functionary, justice of the peace, justiciar, justiciary, natural virtue, official, ordinary, praetor, pretor, recorder, right, righteousness, rightfulness, Samson, stipendiary, stipendiary magistrate, trial judge, trier

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Famous Quotes Containing Justice:


I have faith in the justice system, and what will happen will happen. I'm just trying to do the right thing.

-- Tracey Gold (American Actress)

Banks' beer. There's nothing like it! To Brazil. And to Barbados justice.

-- Ronald Biggs (British Celebrity)

One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity.

-- Charles Brenton Huggins (Canadian Scientist)

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

-- Saint Augustine ( Saint)

We remain united with the British, and our allies around the world, in our resolve to defeat terrorism and bring those who commit these acts to justice.

-- Doc Hastings (American Politician)

The history of the world is the world's court of justice.

-- Friedrich Schiller (German Dramatist)

The goal is justice, not executions. We all want to make sure the process is fair and that the right person is punished. These recommendations are essential to that goal.

-- William Sessions (American Civil Servant)

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

-- Martin Luther (German Leader)

Affirmative action was always racial justice on the cheap.

-- Joe Klein (American Journalist)

We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight - the fight for electoral justice.

-- Barbara Boxer (American Politician)

Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood; and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom.

-- Maria W. Chapman ( -)

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.

-- Lyndon B. Johnson (American President)

Spare me through your mercy, do not punish me through your justice.

-- Anselm of Canterbury ( -)

Whoever tramples on the plea for justice temperately made in the name of peace only outrages peace and kills something fine in the heart of man which God put there when we got our manhood.

-- William Allen White (American Editor)

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.

-- Wendell Berry (American Poet)

Justice prevails over transgression when she comes to the end of the race.

-- Hesiod (Greek Poet)

Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice.

-- Lillian Hellman (American Dramatist)

I think Ellenor is embarrassed and ashamed and has devoted all of her energy to the law and to helping other people get justice because it's too difficult for her to face her own struggle for justice.

-- Camryn Manheim (American Actress)

Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice? It's what we have because we can't have justice.

-- William McIlvanney ( -)

Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.

-- Blaise Pascal (French Philosopher)

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.

-- Daniel Defoe (English Journalist)

There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife - a tyrannical midwife.

-- Stephen Spender (English Poet)

On the contrary, if they are treated with justice and humanity, proper example and the advantages of education given them, the coming years will be as bright and prosperous to the unfortunate race as the past has been dark and painful.

-- Nelson A. Miles (American Soldier)

So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.

-- Hesiod (Greek Poet)

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

-- Coretta Scott King (American Activist)

Unfortunately, the American justice system is just riddled with lies and inconsistencies.

-- Tommy Chong (Canadian Actor)

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

-- Isaac Bashevis Singer (American Novelist)

The New Deal was going to redistribute the national income according to ideals of social and economic justice.

-- Garet Garrett (American Journalist)

The war in Iraq will end, our troops will come home, Bush will be impeached and he will be brought to justice.

-- Cindy Sheehan (American Activist)

Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda.

-- Bennie Thompson (American Politician)

My first endeavor was to save the core of the German system of justice: the independent judiciary.

-- Hans Frank (German Public Servant)

No one could, therefore, rely on the law, and justice no longer existed.

-- William Waller (English Soldier)

My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education.

-- John H. Johnson (American Businessman)

Nobody is poor unless he stand in need of justice.

-- Lactantius ( Author)

Hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure.

-- George W. Bush (American President)


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