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Princeton's WordNet

  1. righteousnessnoun

    adhering to moral principles


  1. righteousnessnoun

    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. righteousnessnoun

    A righteous act, or righteous quality.

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

  3. righteousnessnoun

    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. righteousnessnoun

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

  5. Etymology: rightwisnes from rihtwīsnes "justice".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Righteousnessnoun

    Justice; honesty; virtue; goodness.

    Etymology: from righteous.

    The scripture, ascribing to the persons of men righteousness, in regard of their manifold virtues, may not be construed, as though it did thereby clear them from all faults. Richard Hooker.

    Here wretched Phlegias warns the world with cries,
    Cou’d warning make the world more just or wise;
    Learn righteousness, and dread th’ avenging deities. Dry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Righteousnessnoun

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

  2. Righteousnessnoun

    a righteous act, or righteous quality

  3. Righteousnessnoun

    the act or conduct of one who is righteous

  4. Righteousnessnoun

    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.

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  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

Examples of righteousness in a Sentence

  1. 1 Timothy 611 Bible:

    But thou, O man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

  2. Sophocles, Ajax:

    It is not righteousness to outrageA brave man dead, not even though you hate him.

  3. Art Sims:

    This is the doctrine of justification. It is the wonderful fact that God imputes His righteousness to us and makes us immune to the condemnation of sin. Being justified, no sin can ever be imputed against us.

  4. John Calvin:

    Christ is the most perfect image of God, into which we are so renewed as to bear the image of God, in knowledge, purity, righteousness, and true holiness.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Tolerance is prerogative of humanity. In my view, when we think that ours is the only true path to righteousness, we inadvertently force ourselves to judging others with our own yardstick, and walking in the territory of arrogance. Interestingly, the roads that lead to righteousness and arrogance though seem to run in parallel, may intersect each other at several points in our lives. We cannot differentiate between these two roads easily, unless we understand that the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity, while the road to arrogance is paved with the love of self. Being tolerant to various beliefs, colors, cultures, races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities etc has become extremely important in the world filled with discrimination, prejudice, and supremacy etc. As the French Philosopher Voltaire said it correctly "La tolérance, c'est l'apanage de l'humanité" - i.e. Tolerance is prerogative of humanity. We believe that Tolerance will surely make our world a better place.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. blistering
    • B. aligned
    • C. suspicious
    • D. whirring

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