justice n

OFr justise, uprightness, equity, vindication of right, administration of law, jurisdiction, court of justice, infliction of punishment, gallows, judge < L. jūstus.

  1. Court; prosecution; lawsuit; legal proceedings; [fig.] accountability; merited consequence.
  2. Legality; jurisprudence; natural law; having a right to something; [fig.] honesty; integrity; virtue; strength of character.
  3. Judgment; assessment; discernment; [fig.] virtue; righteousness; [metonymy] the Lord; the divine Judge.
  4. Conscience; sense of fairness; faculty of discerning right from wrong; [fig.] outrage; moral indignation.