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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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  • If you treat people unjustly, it will come back at you.
  • They behaved well and were obviously unjustly arrested.
  • And no one's reputation has unduly or unjustly suffered.
  • In particular, a whistleblower who can prove that he was unjustly sacked will be reinstated and awarded damages.
  • Shortly before she died, she spoke up for an exiled academic she thought was unjustly accused of taking part in the genocide.
  • Listen to the businessmen who have been unjustly and selectively imprisoned or exiled and robbed by your ministers.
  • She had such a desire to help her country that she was treated cruelly and unjustly by her own corrupted government.
  • Communism is appealing to all people who are unjustly persecuted in the name of the state.
  • Of course, they must not act unjustly or in violation of anyone's moral rights.
  • History and their descendants may judge that they acted unjustly when they thought they were right.
British Dictionary definitions for unjustly


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 unjustly



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

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