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iniquity

in·iq·ui·ty

iniquity

 
 
pronunciation:
ih nI kwih ti
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Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: iniquities
definition 1: great injustice or wickedness.
South African blacks suffered the iniquity of apartheid for decades.
synonyms:
depravity, inequity, injustice, nefariousness, sin, unfairness, unrighteousness, villainy, wickedness, wrong
antonyms:
virtue
similar words:
badness, corruption, dishonesty, evil, immorality, outrage, profligacy, turpitude, vice
definition 2: a wicked or sinful act or condition.
synonyms:
depravity, immorality, infamy, injustice, sin, transgression, vice, villainy, wickedness, wrong, wrongdoing
antonyms:
virtue
similar words:
atrocity, corruption, crime, delinquency, dishonesty, evil, injury, knavery, malefaction, malfeasance, outrage
Word Parts
The word iniquity contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.