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[uhn-juhst] /ʌnˈdʒʌst/
not just; lacking in justice or fairness:
unjust criticism; an unjust ruler.
Archaic. unfaithful or dishonest.
Origin of unjust
1350-1400; Middle English; see un-1, just1
Related forms
unjustly, adverb
unjustness, noun
1. inequitable, partial, unfair, prejudiced, biased; undeserved, unmerited, unjustifiable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unjust
  • What's true is that all wars are unjust for somebody.
  • King believed that peaceful refusal to obey unjust law was the best way to bring about social change.
  • No one, surely, would be so unjust as to belittle this great performance by reference to earlier and longer flights over the land.
  • It is clear that the review was bad, but the key question is whether or not it was unjust.
  • Capitalism in its pure form was something that collapsed in the late nineteenth century because it was extremely unjust.
  • And that, in fact, was part of the point: to protest what they and their hosts consider unjust laws.
  • Not getting a job and putting the word ugly into being turned down on an interview is crude and unjust.
  • In fact, many merchant ship captains are crueler and more unjust than pirate captains.
  • Not to respond would be degrading to myself and unjust to them.
  • Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
British Dictionary definitions for unjust


not in accordance with accepted standards of fairness or justice; unfair
Derived Forms
unjustly, adverb
unjustness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unjust

late 14c., of persons, from un- (1) "not" + just (adj.). Of actions, attested from c.1400.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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