inequity, iniquity
These two words are related in form, meaning, and derivation. Inequity is the opposite of equity and means ‘inequality, unfairness, injustice’:

• He believes that politicians need to tackle the inequities that divide society —Times Educational Supplement, 2007.

Iniquity means ‘gross injustice, wickedness’:

• It is easy for a well-fed English woman like myself to…protest about the iniquity of racial prejudice —M. & L. Hoy, 1991.

In some uses iniquity seems to have been used when inequity was meant, but it rarely happens the other way round:

• I suggest this iniquity be removed as soon as possible —Daily Telegraph, 1992.

Modern English usage. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Inequity — In*eq ui*ty, n. Lack of equity; injustice; wrong. Some form of inequity. H. Spencer …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inequity — in·eq·ui·ty /in e kwə tē/ n pl ties: injustice; also: an instance of injustice Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • inequity — (n.) 1550s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + EQUITY (Cf. equity). Formed from the same elements as INIQUITY (Cf. iniquity), but natively. Related: Inequities …   Etymology dictionary

  • inequity — ► NOUN (pl. inequities) ▪ lack of fairness or justice …   English terms dictionary

  • inequity — [in ek′wit ē] n. [ IN 2 + EQUITY] 1. lack of justice; unfairness 2. pl. inequities an instance of this …   English World dictionary

  • inequity — in|eq|ui|ty [ınˈekwıti] n plural inequities [U and C] formal lack of fairness, or something that is unfair ≠ ↑equity inequity of ▪ the inequities of the legal system inequity in ▪ There are huge inequities in the distribution of research funding …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inequity — [[t]ɪne̱kwɪti[/t]] inequities N VAR (disapproval) If you refer to the inequity of something, you are criticizing it because it is unfair or unjust. [FORMAL] Social imbalance worries him more than inequity of income. ...the inequities in our… …   English dictionary

  • inequity — UK [ɪnˈekwətɪ] / US [ɪnˈekwɪtɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms inequity : singular inequity plural inequities very formal the fact of being unfair, or an unfair situation …   English dictionary

  • inequity — noun the inequity of the law Syn: unfairness, injustice, unjustness, discrimination, partisanship, partiality, favoritism, bias, prejudice …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • inequity — noun Date: 1556 1. injustice, unfairness 2. an instance of injustice or unfairness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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