Righteous meaning

rīchəs
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.

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Morally upright; without guilt or sin.

A righteous parishioner.

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Acting in a just, upright manner; doing what is right; virtuous.

A righteous man.

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Righteous people considered as a group.
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In accordance with virtue or morality.

A righteous judgment.

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Morally right; fair and just.

A righteous act.

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Morally justifiable.

Full of righteous anger.

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(slang) Good, excellent, satisfying, pleasant, authentic, etc.
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Free from sin or guilt.
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Moral and virtuous, suggesting sanctimonious.
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To make righteous; specifically, to justify religiously, to absolve from sin.
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(slang, US) Awesome.
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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 réttvíss (“righteous, just"). Compare also thefteous, mighteous.

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