When you follow all the rules and do good with your life, this is an example of behavior that would be described as righteous.
A righteous parishioner.
A righteous man.
A righteous judgment.
A righteous act.
Full of righteous anger.
Origin of righteous
- Middle English ryghtuous alteration of rihtwise from Old English rihtwīs riht right right -wīse -wise
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.