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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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  • Blaming him, her fountain of colour shot up, at a murmur of her unjustness and the poor man's hopes.

  • Yes, for his wit in providing for himself, but not for his unjustness.

  • It is the unjustness of civilization that it sets up uniform and artificial standards for all persons.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
  • "All right," he said, his fighting blood more fully aroused than ever by the unjustness of the proceeding.

  • Spotty called a halt when he had gone a couple of miles, and considered the question of the unjustness of his master.

    The Sweep Winner Nat Gould
  • This unjustness was Oswald's reward for his kind helpingness about moving the ladder.

British Dictionary definitions for unjustness


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 unjustness



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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