(comparative more righteous, superlative most righteous)
- free from sin or guilt
- moral and virtuous, suggesting sanctimonious
- justified morally
- (slang, US) awesome
(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 rihtwÄ«s (“righteous, just, right, justifiable"), corresponding to right +"Ž -wise (with assimilation of second element to -ous), or to right +"Ž wise (“way, manner"). Cognate with Scots richtwis (“righteous"), Old High German rehtwÄ«sic (“righteous, just"), Icelandic rÃ©ttvÃss (“righteous, just"). Compare also thefteous, mighteous.