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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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  • I hated anything that looked like injustice—I was so sensitive about it that it made me unjust sometimes.

  • The question which you have to consider is whether this war is just or unjust.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • If thou hast perused me, what lesser favour canst thou grant than not to abuse me with unjust application?

  • The thing would be raging madness—as unjust to Hester as to himself!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Several of the worst offenders were executed, many were banished from the country, and unjust officials were removed.

    History of California Helen Elliott Bandini
British Dictionary definitions for unjust


not in accordance with accepted standards of fairness or justice; unfair
Derived Forms
unjustly, adverb
unjustness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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