1. Conforming or conformable to rectitude or justice; not doing wrong to any; violating no right or obligation; upright; righteous; honest; true; -- said both of persons and things. “O just but severe law!”
There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. --Eccl. vii. 20.
Just balances, just weights, . . . shall ye have. --Lev. xix. 36.
How should man be just with God? --Job ix. 2.
We know your grace to be a man.
Just and upright. --Shak.
2. Not transgressing the requirement of truth and propriety; conformed to the truth of things, to reason, or to a proper standard; exact; normal; reasonable; regular; due; as, a just statement; a just inference.
Just of thy word, in every thought sincere. --Pope.
The prince is here at hand: pleaseth your lordship
To meet his grace just distance 'tween our armies. --Shak.
He was a comely personage, a little above just stature. --Bacon.
Fire fitted with just materials casts a constant heat. --Jer. Taylor.
The war shall stand ranged in its just array. --Addison.
Their names alone would make a just volume. --Burton.
3. Rendering or disposed to render to each one his due; equitable; fair; impartial; as, just judge.
Men are commonly so just to virtue and goodness as to praise it in others, even when they do not practice it themselves. --Tillotson.
Just intonation. Mus. (a) The correct sounding of notes or intervals; true pitch. (b) The giving all chords and intervals in their purity or their exact mathematical ratio, or without temperament; a process in which the number of notes and intervals required in the various keys is much greater than the twelve to the octave used in systems of temperament.
Syn: -- Equitable; upright; honest; true; fair; impartial; proper; exact; normal; orderly; regular.
1. Precisely; exactly; -- in place, time, or degree; neither more nor less than is stated.
And having just enough, not covet more. --Dryden.
The god Pan guided my hand just to the heart of the beast. --Sir P. Sidney.
To-night, at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and one. --Shak.
2. Closely; nearly; almost.
Just at the point of death. --Sir W. Temple.
3. Barely; merely; scarcely; only; by a very small space or time; as, he just missed the train; just too late.
A soft Etesian gale
But just inspired and gently swelled the sail. --Dryden.
Just now, the least possible time since; a moment ago.
Just, v. i. To joust.
Just, n. A joust.
Joust v. i.
1. To engage in mock combat on horseback, as two knights in the lists; to tilt. [Written also just.]
For the whole army to joust and tourney. --Holland.
1. A tilting match; a mock combat on horseback between two knights in the lists or inclosed field. [Written also just.]
Gorgeous knights at joust and tournament. --Milton.
adj 1: used especially of what is legally or ethically right or
proper or fitting; "a just and lasting peace"-
A.Lincoln; "a kind and just man"; "a just reward";
"his just inheritance" [ant: unjust]
2: implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a
natural sense of what is fair to all; "equitable treatment
of all citizens"; "an equitable distribution of gifts
among the children" [syn: equitable] [ant: inequitable]
3: free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception;
or conforming with established standards or rules; "a fair
referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair
fight"; "by fair means or foul" [syn: fair] [ant: unfair]
4: of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just
cause"; "an upright and respectable man"; "the life of the
nation is secure only while the nation is honest,
truthful, and virtuous"- Frederick Douglass [syn: good,
adv 1: and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a
matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a
child"; "hopes that last but a moment" [syn: merely,
simply, only, but]
2: indicating exactness or preciseness; "he was doing precisely
(or exactly) what she had told him to do"; "it was just as
he said--the jewel was gone"; "it has just enough salt"
[syn: precisely, exactly]
3: only a moment ago; "he has just arrived"; "the sun just now
came out" [syn: just now]
4: absolutely; "I just can't take it anymore"; "he was just
grand as Romeo"; "it's simply beautiful!" [syn: simply]
5: by a small margin; "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we
hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely
rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce
arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"-
W.B.Yeats [syn: barely, hardly, scarcely, scarce]