Word of the Day – Impunity

By September 15, 2019 Word of the Day

Impunity (noun)


Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action.

Mid 16th century from Latin impunitas, from impunis ‘unpunished’, from in- ‘not’ + poena ‘penalty’ or punire ‘punish’.

Example sentences

“The position just seemed to give him free rein to lie with impunity.”

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