[ uhn-juhst ]
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  1. not just; lacking in justice or fairness: unjust criticism; an unjust ruler.

  2. Archaic. unfaithful or dishonest.

Origin of unjust

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, just1

Other words for unjust

Other words from unjust

  • un·just·ly, adverb
  • un·just·ness, noun

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How to use unjust in a sentence

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

  • Fanatical Montfanon, who abused the daughter with such unjustness, judged the father justly.

    Cosmopolis, Complete | Paul Bourget
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unjust


/ (ʌnˈdʒʌst) /

  1. not in accordance with accepted standards of fairness or justice; unfair

Derived forms of unjust

  • unjustly, adverb
  • unjustness, noun

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