In*iq"ui*tous (?), a. [From Iniquity.]

Characterized by iniquity; unjust; wicked; as, an iniquitous bargain; an iniquitous proceeding.

Demagogues . . . bribed to this iniquitous service. Burke.

Syn. -- Wicked; wrong; unjust; unrighteous; nefarious; criminal. -- Iniquitous, Wicked, Nefarious. Wicked is the generic term. Iniquitous is stronger, denoting a violation of the rights of others, usually by fraud or circumvention. Nefarious is still stronger, implying a breach of the most sacred obligations, and points more directly to the intrinsic badness of the deed.


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