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  1. not just; lacking in justice or fairness: unjust criticism; an unjust ruler.
  2. Archaic. unfaithful or dishonest.
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Origin of unjust

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, just1
Related formsun·just·ly, adverbun·just·ness, noun

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  1. not in accordance with accepted standards of fairness or justice; unfair
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Derived Formsunjustly, adverbunjustness, 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.

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