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 -wise
- Morally upright; without guilt or sin: a righteous parishioner.
- In accordance with virtue or morality: a righteous judgment. See Synonyms at moral.
nounused 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 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.