iniquity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n iniquity an unjust act
    • n iniquity morally objectionable behavior
    • n iniquity absence of moral or spiritual values "the powers of darkness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Iniquity 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."
    • Iniquity Absence of, or deviation from, just dealing; lack 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 ."
    • Iniquity An iniquitous act or thing; a deed of injustice or unrighteousness; a sin; a crime. "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n iniquity Lack of equity; gross injustice; unrighteousness; wickedness: as, the iniquity of the slave-trade.
    • n iniquity A violation of right or duty; an unjust or wicked action; a wilful wrong or crime.
    • n iniquity In Scots law, inequity; a judicial act or decision contrary to law or equity.
    • n iniquity [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. His chief business was to make sport by tormenting the impersonated Devil, and he was the prototype of the later clown or fool, Punch, and Harlequin.
    • n iniquity Synonyms and Sin, Transgression, etc. See crime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Iniquity in-ik′wi-ti want of equity or fairness: injustice: wickedness: a crime: one of the names of the Vice, the established buffoon of the old Moralities
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “Behold, I was shapened in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. [Psalms 51:5]”
  • Pope Gregory VII
    Pope Gregory VII
    “I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
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    “But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. [Job 14:17]”
  • George Washington
    George%20Washington
    “It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.”
  • Jean Rostand
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    “Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood -- we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. iniquitee, F. iniquité, L. iniquitas, inequality, unfairness, injustice. See Iniquous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. iniquitateminiquus, unequal—in, not, æquus, equal.

Usage

In literature:

Such is the Bailiff of Hexham, who represents the iniquities of local magistrates.
"Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I." by H. N. Hudson
They found that iniquity did not pay.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
Iniquity of the Parents upon the Children.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
I knew New York was a sink-hole of iniquity, but I thought you were too good a boy to be misled.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
He finds his age or country stuck in some Serbonian bog of iniquity.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
But though a world of hidden iniquity will appear when the counsels of the hearts shall be made manifest.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
He is obliged to bear the iniquities of those whose maxims and rules of government he published.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Who bought and sold their crime and waxed fat and rich on public iniquity?
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
It is fit you should know the amount of my iniquity.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
But even in this view, thou never hast dealt with us as our iniquities deserved.
"The Power of Faith" by Isabella Graham
Reflect, that haply thou mayest recognize thine iniquity and be numbered with such as have repented.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Dyed with all manner of iniquity, tinged with many colours like the Mohawk in his woods, goeth forth in a morning the covetous soul.
"The Crock of Gold" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And because iniquity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
I charge him with not having done that bribe-service which fidelity even in iniquity requires at the hands of the worst of men.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
These parents of all iniquity are called the seven capital sins.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
What would Madeline have said and done had he attempted such an iniquity?
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
There is to be judgment upon Israel for their iniquities.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
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In poetry:

In those who give you grudging aid
These days, may we the spirits see
Who for the love of men would raid
The strongholds of iniquity?
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson
Ah! mine iniquity crimson hath been,
Infinite, infinite—sin upon sin:
Sin of not loving Thee, sin of not trusting Thee -—
Infinite sin.
"No, Not Despairingly Come I to Thee" by Horatius Bonar
Wipe, from thy well-kept register, away
All my iniquities recorded there,
And cast not in my teeth, on that dread day,
The keen reproaches I deserve to hear.
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard
Christ is the Lamb, that for our sins was slain,
Christ for our soul transgressions suffer'd pain,
Christ's precious blood, as on the cross he bled,
For our iniquities was freely shed.
"That Christ Was Typify'd" by Rees Prichard
Though thou wert in Iniquity conceiv'd,
Though thou so very lewd a life hast led,
When thou hast once Christ's covenant receiv'd,
He'll cleanse thy filth, and raise thee from the dead.
"Advice To A Sinner, To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
And when the public-houses there were blazing like a kiln,
She cried, " Now, my friends, we'll march to the Bonnet Hill,
And we'll fire the dens of iniquity without dismay,
Therefore let's march on, my friends, without delay."
"The Destroying Angel or The Poet's Dream" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Den of iniquity now fun for him and her.
Iniquity Prophesy of the Dying Watcher Seranadium Die Hard.
We were all shocked when that noted den of iniquity New York City shut down a vibrator giveaway.
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In science:

This degeneracy is a new and interesting aspect brought by asymmetry which shows that the total number of vortices not always determines iniquely the magnetization branch.
Transverse magnetization and torque in asymmetrical mesoscopic superconductors
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