rectitudinous

adjective
rec·​ti·​tu·​di·​nous | \ ˌrek-tə-ˈtüd-nəs How to pronounce rectitudinous (audio) , -ˈtyüd-; -ˈtü-də-nəs, -ˈtyü- \

Definition of rectitudinous

1 : characterized by rectitude
2 : piously self-righteous

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Rectitudinous comes to us straight from Late Latin rectitudin-, rectitudo (English added the -ous ending), which itself ultimately derives from the Latin word rectus, meaning both "straight" and "right." (Other rectus descendants in English include rectitude, of course, and rectilinear, rectangle, and rectify.) In one of its earliest known print appearances, in the year 1897, it was used in the phrase "notoriously and unctuously rectitudinous." Although rectitude often expresses an admirable moral integrity, rectitudinous has always had a less flattering side. It can suggest not only moral uprightness but also a displeasing holier-than-thou attitude.

First Known Use of rectitudinous

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rectitudinous

Late Latin rectitudin-, rectitudo rectitude

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“Rectitudinous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectitudinous. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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