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That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
  immorality; or an immoral act
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iniquity iniquities iniquitous
Strongly Associated with:   equitable, inequity
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  • That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
  • She fought against the iniquity of slavery.
  • It’s iniquitous!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • To top it all, Mrs. Putnam —who is now staring at the bewitched child on the bed—soon accused Rebecca’s spirit of "tempting her to iniquity," a charge that had more truth in it than Mrs. Putnam could know.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • By these means alone could they hope for pardon from their iniquities.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Let’s pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Each member of the congregation, the most innocent girl, and the man of hardened breast, felt as if the preacher had crept upon them, behind his awful veil, and discovered their hoarded iniquity of deed or thought.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Which is the wiser here, Justice or Iniquity?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • commit such an iniquity
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country

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  • The program, of course, was meant to be secret, like most of Hitler’s squalid schemes, but such iniquity could scarcely be kept completely in the dark.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The woman architect shrieked briefly something about the iniquity of the rich.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Who knew, perhaps the Party was rotten under the surface, its cult of strenuousness and self-denial simply a sham concealing iniquity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • A blessing on the righteous colony of the Massachusetts, where iniquity is dragged out into the sunshine!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Jem and Walter returned to school ahead of me: staying behind to advise Atticus of Calpurnia’s iniquities was worth a solitary sprint past the Radley Place.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Poverty and hard work had inflicted iniquitous damage on both.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Pray, what iniquity has turned up now?" said he.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Remember Thy bounteous mercy and loving-kindness which are from of old; turn not Thy face from us, but be gracious to our unworthiness, and in Thy great goodness and Thy many mercies regard not our transgressions and iniquities!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But you, madame, so beautiful in reality, you, so pure in appearance, must have committed great iniquities for Lord de Winter to pursue you thus.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Wherefore make unto yourselves friends out of the mammon of iniquity so that when you die they may receive you into everlasting dwellings.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Though in the trade of war I have slain men, Yet do I hold it very stuff o’ the conscience To do no contriv’d murder: I lack iniquity Sometimes to do me service: nine or ten times I had thought to have yerk’d him here under the ribs.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities to justify the most iniquitous opinions; and the judges never fail of directing accordingly.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Can that creature who has still preserved the purity of her spirit be consciously drawn at last into that sink of filth and iniquity?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • On its surface they can still exercise their iniquitous claims, battle each other, devour each other, haul every earthly horror.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • And the lawyer, scared by the thought, brooded a while on his own past, groping in all the corners of memory, lest by chance some Jack-in-the-Box of an old iniquity should leap to light there.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • This house was something that the matrons of Atlanta whispered about furtively and ministers preached against in guarded terms as a cesspool of iniquity, a hissing and a reproach.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • On one occasion, the iniquities in his see having been called to his notice, he almost did something about it.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • He declared to himself that there was no equilibrium between the harm which he had caused and the harm which was being done to him; he finally arrived at the conclusion that his punishment was not, in truth, unjust, but that it most assuredly was iniquitous.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I had, it seems, one day, been talking to him of the omnipotent power of God, and his infinite abhorrence of sin, insomuch that the Scriptures styled him a consuming fire to all the workers of iniquity; and that it was in his power, whenever he pleased, to destroy all the world in a moment, the greater part of which are continually offending him.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Is it because they somewhat savor of Holy Writ in its phrase "mysteries of iniquity"?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "But I don’t see that!" exclaimed Minnie Beebe who had narrowly watched the iniquitous transaction.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Wash away our iniquities.’
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • ’Then shall the man be guiltless; but the woman shall bear her iniquity.’
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He had felt a subtle, dark, and murmurous presence penetrate his being and fire him with a brief iniquitous lust: it, too, had slipped beyond his grasp leaving his mind lucid and indifferent.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • And behold, He deigned to appear for a moment to the people, to the tortured, suffering people, sunk in iniquity, but loving Him like children.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Come, straggling lights into the windows of the ugly houses; and you who do iniquity therein, do it at least with this dread scene shut out!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Ah, whosoever failed to have this testimony should never see His face, but should be told, on that great day: "Depart from me, ye that work iniquity," and be hurled forever into the lake of fire prepared for Satan and all his angels.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • That may have been partly because they regarded Europe as a sink of iniquity, where strange laxities prevailed.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • He began with a plea for the reform of mental asylums, too many of which remain the dens of squalor and iniquity they’d been in the last century.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • But simultaneously, she remembered how he had brought a valet all the way up here; objected to dogs on chairs; would prose for hours (until Mr. Ramsay slammed out of the room) about salt in vegetables and the iniquity of English cooks.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • He replied that he meant to go in search of this clown and chastise him for such iniquitous conduct, and see Andres paid to the last maravedi, despite and in the teeth of all the clowns in the world.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Thwackum, on the contrary, maintained that the human mind, since the fall, was nothing but a sink of iniquity, till purified and redeemed by grace.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • When I think of that imposition, that iniquitous over-charge, the same fare single to Charlock as return, my blood boils to protect the visitor!
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • After all, he was a representative of the British government, if nothing else; it was iniquitous that the inmates of a Tibetan monastery should refuse him any proper request…… That, no doubt, was the normal official view that would be taken; and part of Conway was both normal and official.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Pharaoh and those who came before him, and the cities overthrown, were ones of iniquity; they rebelled against the Messenger of their Lord, so He took them with the mounting taking.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity,—stealing away from his father with his clog at his heels: if I thought it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would not do’t: I hold it the more knavery to conceal it; and therein am I constant to my profession.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • But old Mr. Sandeen, who was the father of one of the dead kids, saw him back in the crowd and while the clods were still bouncing off the coffin lids Mr. Sandeen pushed back to him and grabbed him by the hand and lifted up one arm above his head and said, loud, "Oh, God, I am punished for accepting iniquity and voting against an honest man!"
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
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