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 for iniquity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Iniquity \In*iq"ui*ty\, n.; pl. Iniquities. [OE. iniquitee, F.
     iniquit['e], L. iniquitas, inequality, unfairness, injustice.
     See Iniquous.]
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     1. 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.
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              Till the world from his perfection fell
              Into all filth and foul iniquity.     --Spenser.
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     2. An iniquitous act or thing; a deed of injustice or
        unrighteousness; a sin; a crime. --Milton.
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              Your iniquities have separated between you and your
              God.                                  --Is. lix. 2.
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     3. 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.
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              Acts old Iniquity, and in the fit
              Of miming gets the opinion of a wit.  --B. Jonson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vice \Vice\ (v[imac]s), n. [F., from L. vitium.]
     1. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection;
        as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a
        horse.
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              Withouten vice of syllable or letter. --Chaucer.
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              Mark the vice of the procedure.       --Sir W.
                                                    Hamilton.
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     2. A moral fault or failing; especially, immoral conduct or
        habit, as in the indulgence of degrading appetites;
        customary deviation in a single respect, or in general,
        from a right standard, implying a defect of natural
        character, or the result of training and habits; a harmful
        custom; immorality; depravity; wickedness; as, a life of
        vice; the vice of intemperance.
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              I do confess the vices of my blood.   --Shak.
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              Ungoverned appetite . . . a brutish vice. --Milton.
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              When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
              The post of honor is a private station. --Addison.
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     3. The buffoon of the old English moralities, or moral
        dramas, having the name sometimes of one vice, sometimes
        of another, or of Vice itself; -- called also Iniquity.
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     Note: This character was grotesquely dressed in a cap with
           ass's ears, and was armed with a dagger of lath: one of
           his chief employments was to make sport with the Devil,
           leaping on his back, and belaboring him with the dagger
           of lath till he made him roar. The Devil, however,
           always carried him off in the end. --Nares.
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                 How like you the Vice in the play?
                 . . . I would not give a rush for a Vice that has
                 not a wooden dagger to snap at everybody. --B.
                                                    Jonson.
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     Syn: Crime; sin; iniquity; fault. See Crime.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  iniquity
      n 1: absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of
           darkness" [syn: iniquity, wickedness, darkness,
           dark]
      2: morally objectionable behavior [syn: evil, immorality,
         wickedness, iniquity]
      3: an unjust act [syn: injustice, unfairness, iniquity,
         shabbiness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  71 Moby Thesaurus words for "iniquity":
     abomination, atrocity, bad, breach, crime, crime against humanity,
     deadly sin, delinquency, dereliction, diablerie, disgrace,
     enormity, error, evil, failure, fault, felony, genocide,
     guilty act, heavy sin, illegality, improperness, impropriety,
     indiscretion, inequitableness, inequity, inexpiable sin, infamy,
     iniquitousness, injury, injustice, knavery, lapse, malefaction,
     malfeasance, malum, minor wrong, misdeed, misdemeanor, misfeasance,
     mortal sin, nonfeasance, obliquity, offense, omission, outrage,
     peccadillo, peccancy, reprobacy, scandal, shame, sin,
     sin of commission, sin of omission, sinful act, slip, tort,
     transgression, trespass, trip, undueness, unjustness, unlawfulness,
     unmeetness, unutterable sin, venial sin, villainy, wrong,
     wrongdoing, wrongfulness, wrongness
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INIQUITY. Vice; contrary to equity; injustice. 
       2. Where, in a doubtful matter, the judge is required to pronounce, it 
  is his duty to decide in such a manner as is the least against equity. 
  
  

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