impunity impunity  /ɪm ˈpju nɪ ti/

Definition(s):

  • (n) exemption from punishment or loss

Usage(s):

  1. You'll struggle to find a better illustration of the culture of impunity that reigns in Khartoum.
  2. The result: civility and order in many banlieues have broken down, and bands of young men feel they can attack women with impunity.
  3. It's a story about loss of privileges and the end of impunity.

News

  1. 'The Purge': A slasher film that's a cut above

    A stock home-invasion thriller made moderately more interesting by a thin veneer of pop psychology, "The Purge" asks us to believe that, in nine short years, American society will have become so depraved that our government will grant us one night a year to indulge our inner Neanderthals with impunity.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Troy Record

  2. Movie Review: ‘The Purge,’ Starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey

    In “The Purge,” with Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, an America of the future allows crime with impunity once a year.        
    on June 6, 2013     Source: New York Times

Quotes

  1. Obama says, "If this region slides backwards, if the Taliban retakes this country and al Qaeda can operate with impunity, then more American lives will be at stake."
    on Mar 29, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: WAOW

  2. "As a Secretary-General, at the same time, while I am firmly against impunity, I also hope that the members of the international community should pay due regard to all aspects of international humanitarian laws. During my entire tenure, I will try...
    on Jan 2, 2007 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: AXcess News

  3. "Its illegitimate and repressive regime should know that the whole world is going to hold it to account. The age of impunity in neglecting and overriding human rights is over," Mr Brown, whose country is the former colonial power in the...
    on Sep 26, 2007 By: Gordon Brown Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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