- The definition of righteous is someone or something that is in accordance with high moral standards.
When you follow all the rules and do good with your life, this is an example of behavior that would be described as righteous.
- acting in a just, upright manner; doing what is right; virtuous: a righteous man
- morally right; fair and just: a righteous act
- morally justifiable: full of righteous anger
- ☆ Slang good, excellent, satisfying, pleasant, authentic, etc.
Origin of righteousaltered, by analogy with adjs. in -eous ; from Middle English rihtwis ; from OE: see right and amp; -wise
- Morally upright; without guilt or sin: a righteous parishioner.
- In accordance with virtue or morality: a righteous judgment. See Synonyms at moral.
noun(used with a pl. verb)
Origin of righteousMiddle English ryghtuous, alteration of rihtwise, from Old English rihtwīs : riht, right; see Right + -wīse, -wise.
(comparative more righteous, superlative most righteous)
(third-person singular simple present righteouses, present participle righteousing, simple past and past participle righteoused)
- To make righteous; specifically, to justify religiously, to absolve from sin.
From earlier rightuous, rightwose, rightwos, rightwise, from Middle English rightwise, rightwis, from Old English rihtwīs (“righteous, just, right, justifiable”), corresponding to right + -wise (with assimilation of second element to -ous), or to right + wise (“way, manner”). Cognate with Scots richtwis (“righteous”), Old High German rehtwīsic (“righteous, just”), Icelandic réttvíss (“righteous, just”). Compare also thefteous, mighteous.