What does righteousness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. righteousness(noun)

    adhering to moral principles


  1. righteousness(Noun)

    The quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it chiefly occurs, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law.

  2. righteousness(Noun)

    A righteous act, or righteous quality.

    All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isa. lxiv. 6.

  3. righteousness(Noun)

    The act or conduct of one who is righteous.

    Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth rightness at all times. Ps. cvi. 3.

  4. righteousness(Noun)

    The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground justification.

  5. Origin: rightwisnes from rihtwīsnes "justice".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Righteousness(noun)

    the quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude

  2. Righteousness(noun)

    a righteous act, or righteous quality

  3. Righteousness(noun)

    the act or conduct of one who is righteous

  4. Righteousness(noun)

    the state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground of justification


  1. Righteousness

    Righteousness is an important theological concept in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Zoroastrianism. It is 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 the god/s portrayed in these belief systems. William Tyndale 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 צדקים, tzedek, which appears more than five hundred times in the Hebrew Bible, and the Greek word δικαιος, which appears more than two hundred times in the New Testament.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. righteousness

    1. Only a form of commonsense. 2. Wise expediency.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of righteousness in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of righteousness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    Where there is self-righteousness, Christ can do nothing.

  2. Anthony D'Angelo:

    Transcend political correctness and strive for human righteousness.

  3. Theodore Roosevelt:

    If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.

  4. Everett Piper:

    Calling sin righteous and righteousness sin will always bear consequences.

  5. Stephen Charnock (1628-1680):

    Men are more willing to part with their righteousness than with their sins.

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