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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.


  1. righteous

    Righteous generally refers to a person or behavior that is morally justifiable, characterized by being virtuous, upright, and adhering to moral principles or laws. It can also suggest a strong sense of justice and fairness. Someone who is righteous tends to follow strict ethical conduct and exhibits honesty and integrity in all their actions.

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

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    No punishment of the unrighteous has ever been too severe in the eyes of the righteous.

  2. The President:

    It was one of the largest and most daring rescue missions in American history. Pat and his team rescued 75 captives and killed 20 ISIS terrorists. Pat, you embody the righteous glory of American valor. We stand in awe of your heroic, daring and gallant deeds, you truly went above and beyond the call of duty to earn our nation's highest military honor.

  3. Mitchell Koger:

    The Age of Aquarius expunges the righteous establishment.

  4. Everett Piper:

    Calling sin righteous and righteousness sin will always bear consequences.

  5. Johnny Cash:

    Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still Listen to the words long written down When the Man comes around

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