Definitions for: Iniquity


[n] an unjust act
[n] morally objectionable behavior
[n] absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness"



Webster (1913) Definition: In*iq"ui*ty, n.; pl. Iniquities. [OE. iniquitee, F.
iniquit['e], L. iniquitas, inequality, unfairness, injustice.
See Iniquous.]
1. Absence of, or deviation from, just dealing; want of
rectitude or uprightness; gross injustice;
unrighteousness; wickedness; as, the iniquity of bribery;
the iniquity of an unjust judge.

Till the world from his perfection fell Into all
filth and foul iniquity. --Spenser.

2. An iniquitous act or thing; a deed of injustice o?
unrighteousness; a sin; a crime. --Milton.

Your iniquities have separated between you and your
God. --Is. lix. 2.

3. A character or personification in the old English
moralities, or moral dramas, having the name sometimes of
one vice and sometimes of another. See Vice.

Acts old Iniquity, and in the fit Of miming gets the
opinion of a wit. --B. Jonson.

Synonyms: dark, darkness, evil, immorality, injustice, unfairness, wickedness, wickedness

See Also: actus reus, condition, devilry, deviltry, evildoing, foul play, irreverence, misconduct, status, transgression, violation, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

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