Origin of impunityFrench impunité from Classical Latin impunitas from impunis, free from punishment from in-, without + poena, punishment: see pain
When you steal something and you do not go to jail or face any consequences, this is an example of when you steal with impunity.
Origin of impunityLatin impūnitās from impūne without punishment in- not ; see in- 1. poena penalty ( from Greek poinē ; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots.)
(countable and uncountable, plural impunities)
From Middle French impunité, from Latin impunitas, from impunis (“without punishment”).
- He had impunity from the law anyway.
- Today the Internet is a lawless society; hackers can break into computers with relative impunity.
- There was impunity for crimes against humanity by former heads of state.
- Mr. Bosch is currently in Miami with total impunity.
- Two weeks later, with apparent impunity, security forces shot dead a young Brazilian electrician on his way to work.