from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.
- n. A grossly immoral act; a sin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Deviation from what is right; wickedness, gross injustice.
- n. A wrongful act.
- n. Absence of moral or spiritual values, lawlessness.
- n. Denial of the sovereignty of God.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Absence of, or deviation from, just dealing; lack of rectitude or uprightness; gross injustice; unrighteousness; wickedness
- n. An iniquitous act or thing; a deed of injustice or unrighteousness; a sin; a crime.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lack of equity; gross injustice; unrighteousness; wickedness: as, the iniquity of the slave-trade.
- n. A violation of right or duty; an unjust or wicked action; a wilful wrong or crime.
- n. In Scots law, inequity; a judicial act or decision contrary to law or equity.
- n. [capitalized] A comic character or buffoon in the medieval English moralities or moral plays, often otherwise called the Vice, and sometimes by the name of the particular vice he represented.
- n. Synonyms and Sin, Transgression, etc. See crime.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. absence of moral or spiritual values
- n. an unjust act
- n. morally objectionable behavior
Middle English iniquite, from Old French, from Latin inīquitās, from inīquus, unjust, harmful : in-, not; see in-1 + aequus, equal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English iniquite, from Latin iniquitas, from iniquus ("unjust, harmful"). (Wiktionary)