Righteous Definition

Acting in a just, upright manner; doing what is right; virtuous.
A righteous man.
Webster's New World
Morally right; fair and just.
A righteous act.
Webster's New World
In accordance with virtue or morality.
A righteous judgment.
American Heritage
Morally justifiable.
Full of righteous anger.
Webster's New World
Good, excellent, satisfying, pleasant, authentic, etc.
Webster's New World
Righteous people considered as a group.
American Heritage

To make righteous; specifically, to justify religiously, to absolve from sin.


Origin of Righteous

  • 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 réttvíss (“righteous, just"). Compare also thefteous, mighteous.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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