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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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Related Words for unjustly

cruelly, unjustifiably, brutally, unlawfully, wrongly, wrongfully, meanly

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Historical Examples of unjustly

  • His own public had unjustly neglected him, posterity consigned his operas to oblivion.


    Edward J. Dent

  • It was on his tongue to say: "I stand here because you stand there unjustly quarreling with me," but he did not say it.

  • On this point they have been unjustly and injuriously slandered.

  • Does he mean to say that I have ever punished him unjustly?'

  • But the cry is all a lie; for no statesman ever could be unjustly put to death by the city of which he is the head.



British Dictionary definitions for unjustly


  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 unjustly



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

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