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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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Historical Examples of unjustness

  • This unjustness was Oswald's reward for his kind helpingness about moving the ladder.

    Oswald Bastable and Others

    Edith Nesbit

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

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for unjustness


  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 unjustness



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

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