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:


There is no truly global justice.

-- Ralph Steadman (British Cartoonist)

There is no justice among men.

-- Nicholas II (Russian Royalty)

From the building of the temple of Solomon, which is also treated as a leading epoch in chronology, a new period in the history of worship is accordingly dated, - and to a certain extent with justice.

-- Julius Wellhausen (German Educator)

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

-- Stephen Spender (English Poet)

A great many people in this country are worried about law-and-order. And a great many people are worried about justice. But one thing is certain; you cannot have either until you have both.

-- Ramsey Clark (American Public Servant)

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)

I have to think of my status as a resident in this country. But I do insist that in Paraguay there was order; the judiciary had the power of complete independence; justice was fully exercised.

-- Alfredo Stroessner (Paraguayan Statesman)

Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.

-- Denis Diderot (French Editor)

Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.

-- Jessamyn West (American Author)

A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice.

-- Walter Savage Landor (English Poet)

So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality, and its modern emphasis on justice as well, have historically evolved as religious issues.

-- Huston Smith (American Theologian)

The plane took off at 8:10 in the morning - or that's when it was scheduled to take off. And that's when I believe it took off. I had been in my office at the Department of Justice. Someone told me that there had been the two strikes that occurred at the World Trade Center.

-- Ted Olson (American Politician)

When you look at what I've done here, you see a consistent theme of reforms which is not driven by any dogma from across the water, but a radical agenda to make sure Northern Ireland's people enjoy equal opportunities, driven by the values of social justice.

-- Peter Hain (British Politician)

We've begun to get justice.

-- Charles Evers (American Activist)

What I am for is justice for everyone, just like it says in the Constitution.

-- Richard Pryor (American Actor)

God's justice, tardy though it prove perchance, Rests never on the track until it reach Delinquency.

-- Robert Browning Hamilton ( -)

I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.

-- Thomas Paine (English Writer)

Feminism's agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.

-- Susan Faludi (American Writer)

Justice is the infrastructure of proprietorship.

-- Kemal Ataturk (Turkish Soldier)

Man has an innate capacity for violence, but can only justify it in the name of justice.

-- Ralph Steadman (British Cartoonist)

Now I can do no more. We must trust to the Great Disposer of all events and the justice of our cause. I thank God for this opportunity of doing my duty.

-- Horatio Nelson (British Soldier)

If the work is poor, the public taste will soon do it justice. And the author, reaping neither glory nor fortune, will learn by hard experience how to correct his mistakes.

-- Jacques-Louis David (French Artist)

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

-- Earl Warren (American Judge)

Then, in the next place, we must know that every being which is endowed with reason, and transgresses its statutes and limitations, is undoubtedly involved in sin by swerving from rectitude and justice.

-- Origen ( Theologian)

Justice to my readers compels me to admit that I write because I have nothing to do; justice to myself induces me to add that I will cease to write the moment I have nothing to say.

-- Charles Caleb Colton (English Writer)

It is better to lose everything you have to keep the balance of justice level, than to live a life of petty privilege devoid of true freedom.

-- Bryant H. McGill (American Poet)

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Leader)

Medieval justice was a quaint thing.

-- Frederick Pollock (English Judge)

The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.

-- Aeschylus (Greek Poet)

Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.

-- Walt Whitman (American Poet)

I think that the job of poetry, its political job, is to refresh the idea of justice, which is going dead in us all the time.

-- Robert Hass (American Poet)

More law, less justice.

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman Statesman)

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. This is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.

-- Warren E. Burger (American Judge)

At a time when our moral standing in the world has been weakened by a rubber stamp Justice Department that placed the Bush Administration above the law, we now need someone who is objective and independent. And, make no mistake, Eric Holder is independent.

-- Debbie Wasserman Schultz (American Politician)

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Leader)


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