adjective \ˈrī-chəs\

: morally good : following religious or moral laws

: caused by something that you believe is not morally right or fair

Full Definition of RIGHTEOUS

:  acting in accord with divine or moral law :  free from guilt or sin
a :  morally right or justifiable <a righteous decision>
b :  arising from an outraged sense of justice or morality <righteous indignation>
slang :  genuine, excellent
righ·teous·ly adverb
righ·teous·ness noun

Examples of RIGHTEOUS

  1. <a righteous man can be trusted to act honorably regardless of the circumstances>
  2. <righteous behavior is its own reward>
  3. The mix of Yorkshire-inherited bluntness and a caustic, chirpy South London cynicism (vividly parodied and perhaps too endearingly celebrated in the voice of Dora Chance, narrator of Wise Children) stops her from sounding righteous or dogmatic. —Hermione Lee, Times Literary Supplement, 19 June 1992


alteration of earlier rightuous, alteration of Middle English rightwise, rightwos, from Old English rihtwīs, from riht, noun, right + wīs wise
First Known Use: 1530

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra


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