un·​just | \ ˌən-ˈjəst How to pronounce unjust (audio) \

Definition of unjust

1 : characterized by injustice : unfair
2 archaic : dishonest, faithless

Other Words from unjust

unjustly adverb
unjustness \ ˌən-​ˈjəs(t)-​nəs How to pronounce unjust (audio) \ noun

Examples of unjust in a Sentence

The convict received an unjust sentence.
Recent Examples on the Web That judge sued us for libel and his colleagues ruled against us in his favor in unjust proceedings. Efim Marmer, WSJ, 18 May 2022 An unjust society is created when any citizen is given more rights than other citizens. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Patel’s vast tale unfolds at a measured pace, its careful depiction of one woman’s struggle to bring justice to an unjust world brightened by thrilling battle scenes and encounters with gods who have no concern with humans or their fates. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 The just man is happier than the unjust man, even when he is being tortured on the rack. Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 That compromise became untenable as liberals came to regard the official orthodoxy as unjust and conservatives could no longer tolerate the flouting of those teachings throughout vast swathes of the church. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 5 May 2022 The practice is increasingly out of date and glaringly unjust. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The film follows survivors who, in attempting to report the crimes committed against them, often face disbelief, victim-blaming, and an unjust erasure of any alleged crime. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 They have been exonerated not by legal technicalities but because judges ruled their convictions were fundamentally unjust. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unjust

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unjust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unjust. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unjust


un·​just | \ ˌən-ˈjəst How to pronounce unjust (audio) \

Kids Definition of unjust

: not just : unfair an unjust decision

Other Words from unjust

unjustly adverb She was unjustly accused.



Legal Definition of unjust

: characterized by injustice : deficient in justice and fairness an unjust sentence

Other Words from unjust

unjustly adverb
unjustness noun


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