Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin justitia, from justus; JUST2


Related topics: Law
jus‧tice W2

system of judgement

[uncountable]SCL the system by which people are judged in courts of law and criminals are punished:
The killers will be brought to justice (=caught and punished).
Acts of terrorism must not escape justice.
miscarriage of justice! Do not use justice when you mean the laws of a country and the ways in which these laws operate. Use legal system: The jury plays an important role in the legal system.


[uncountable] fairness in the way people are treated [≠ injustice]:
Children have a strong sense of justice.
His people came to him, demanding justice.
poetic justice

being right

[uncountable] the quality of being right and deserving fair treatment:
No one doubts the justice of our cause.

do justice to somebody/something

also do somebody/something justice to treat or represent someone or something good, beautiful etc in a way that is as good as they deserve:
The photo doesn't do her justice.
No words can do justice to the experience.

do yourself justice

to do something such as a test well enough to show your real ability:
Sara panicked in the exam and didn't do herself justice.

justice has been done/served

used to say that someone has been treated fairly or has been given a punishment they deserve


[countable] also Justice
a) American EnglishSCL a judge in a law court
b) British EnglishSCL the title of a judge in the High Court

➔ rough justice

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