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ˈraɪ tʃəsright·eous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. righteousadjective

    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice

    "the...prayer of a righteous man availeth much"- James 5:16

  2. righteousadjective

    morally justified

    "righteous indignation"


  1. righteousverb

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

  2. righteousadjective

    free from sin or guilt

  3. righteousadjective

    moral and virtuous, suggesting sanctimonious

  4. righteousadjective

    justified morally

  5. righteousadjective


  6. Etymology: From earlier rightuous, rightwose, rightwos, rightwise, from rightwise, rightwis, from rihtwis, corresponding to (with assimilation of second element to -ous), or to. Cognate with richtwis, rehtwisic, réttvíss. Compare also thefteous, mighteous.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RIGHTEOUSadjective

    whence rightwise in old authours, and rightwisely in bishop Fisher:

    Etymology: rihtwise , Saxon;

    That far be from thee, to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked. Gen.

    Kill my rival too; for he no less
    Deserves; and I thy righteous doom will bless. Dryden.


  1. Righteous

    Righteousness is the quality or state of being morally correct and justifiable. It can be considered synonymous with "rightness" or being "upright". It can be found in Indian religions and Abrahamic traditions, among other religions, as a theological concept. For example, from various perspectives in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism it is considered an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that is pleasing to God. William Tyndale (Bible translator into English in 1526) remodelled the word after an earlier word rihtwis, which would have yielded modern English *rightwise or *rightways. He used it to translate the Hebrew root צדק tzedek, which appears over five hundred times in the Hebrew Bible, and the Greek word δίκαιος (dikaios), which appears more than two hundred times in the New Testament. Etymologically, it comes from Old English rihtwīs, from riht ‘right’ + wīs ‘manner, state, condition’ (as opposed to wrangwise, "wrongful"). The change in the ending in the 16th century was due to association with words such as bounteous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Righteousadjective

    doing, or according with, that which is right; yielding to all their due; just; equitable; especially, free from wrong, guilt, or sin; holy; as, a righteous man or act; a righteous retribution


  1. Righteous

    Righteous is the 1994 debut release by North Carolina funk band DAG. Produced by Grammy nominee and local record producer & songwriter, John Custer, this work of 1970s-style solid beats and creative imagination received terrific reviews. A quote from VIBE Magazine hailed the album as "...one of the best funk records since 1978. DAG's debut, Righteous, is definitely some of the most ass-grinding grooves you've heard since back in the day." Featured songs include "Sweet Little Lass," "Righteous" and "Lovely Jane." Numerous additional musicians contribute to Righteous, including Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section drummer Roger Hawkins and jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Righteous

    rī′tyus, adj. living and acting according to right and justice: free from guilt or sin: equitable: merited.—adv. Right′eously, in a righteous manner: (arch.) justly.—n. Right′eousness, purity of life: rectitude: conformity to a right standard: a righteous act or quality: holiness: the coming into spiritual reconciliation with God by means of the righteousness of Christ being imputed to a man in consequence of faith.—Original righteousness, the condition of man before the Fall as made in the image of God. [A.S. rihtwísriht, right, wís, wise.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of righteous in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of righteous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of righteous in a Sentence

  1. Sophie Scholl:

    “How can we expect fate to let a righteous cause prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?”

  2. Nicolas Chow:

    The four characters on the base say 'jingtian qinmin', which means 'revere heaven and serve thy people,' it really crystallizes the political theory in China whereby heaven bestows its power upon a ruler who is righteous and benevolent.

  3. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher:

    He's fought every major enemy of United States. He is a righteous and noble individual, i think this whole thing is disgusting. I want responsibility to be claimed by Naval Special Warfare.

  4. Chris Eubank:

    My brother Sebastian Eubank was a special man... a righteous man... who always put others before himself. A man of many talents, boxing, MMA, poetry, music, coaching, cooking the list goes on but the most important thing to him was helping others less fortunate than himself.

  5. A. W. Tozer:

    Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. -- The Root Of The Righteous

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