iniquity c.1300, "hostility, malevolence; a hostile action," from O.Fr. iniquité "wickedness, unfavorable situation," from L. iniquitatem (nom. iniquitas) "unequalness, unevenness, injustice," noun of quality from iniquus "unjust, unequal; slanting, steep," from in- "not" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + aequus "just, equal" (see EQUAL (Cf. equal)). For vowel change, see ACQUISITION (Cf. acquisition). Meaning "evil, wickedness" is from late 14c.

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