(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. unjust, unreasonable, inequitable; unsporting; disingenuous; partial, biased, prejudiced, discriminatory. See wrong, improbity, injustice.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Unjust]
Syn. inequitable, wrongful, wrong, unrightful, low, base, injurious, unethical, not cricket*, bad, wicked, culpable, blamable, blameworthy, foul, illegal, improper, unsporting, shameful, cruel, shameless, dishonorable, unreasonable, discreditable, grievous, vicious, vile, undue, unlawful, petty, mean, unwarrantable, inexcusable, unjustifiable, iniquitous, immoral, criminal, forbidden, irregular.
Ant. fair*, proper, sporting.
2. [Not in accord with approved trade practices]
Syn. unethical, criminal, proscribed, cheating, discriminatory, illegal, forbidden, tricky, evasive, shady, punishable, actionable, improper.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
unjust, partial, biased, prejudiced, one-sided, bigoted, inequitable, discriminatory, uneven, unethical, *not playing on a level field, unsportsmanlike, unsporting, *dirty, cheating.
ANT.: fair, just, equitable, unprejudiced, *on a level playing field
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Not fair, right, or just: inequitable, unequal, unjust. See FAIR.

English dictionary for students. 2013.


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