Examples of righteous in a Sentence
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
I didn't know until long after I was grown that Grandpa Durham—that stern and righteous Baptist—sometimes made persimmon beer and cooled it in the cistern. —Jim W. Corder, Chronicle of a Small Town, 1989
He was foreman at Lyman's North End foundry, the largest stove-making foundry in the city, and had risen in eleven years, despite his lung ailment, from apprentice to moulder to chief grievance spokesman, a voice of righteous reason from below. —William Kennedy, Harper's, March 1988
The Believers tried to lead a simple, righteous life, practicing pacifism and confession of sins and recognizing the equality of all humankind. —Robert P. Emlen, Natural History, September 1987
a righteous man can be trusted to act honorably regardless of the circumstances
righteous behavior is its own reward
Recent Examples of righteous from the Web
PJ Harvey brought the red right hand of righteous truth via a nine-piece band that was part thunder and part Gothic male choir.
Despite the political mantra of rugged individualism, righteous collective action is the real defining American ethic.
Her innocence and righteous fury are the perfect foil to the whacked-out cynicism of Johnny, Lucy, and Lucy's assistant Frank Dawson (Giancarlo Esposito).
When Riley’s words thundered from the throne in righteous pissed-off-ness.
Tom Stokes' Vanya, a calming force throughout, nevertheless gives righteous anger a voice near the end of the play.
Well, on the field, the Rapids were brutal when their coach had that righteous tickler, and the coach decided to eliminate it.
The Bitcoin community in those days was united in its sense of righteous mission.
That insight and energy can create a firestorm of righteous anger and the desire to do something about it.
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Origin and Etymology of righteous
alteration of earlier rightuous, alteration of Middle English rightwise, rightwos, from Old English rihtwīs, from riht, noun, right + wīs wise
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of righteous
RIGHTEOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of righteous for English Language Learners
: morally good : following religious or moral laws
: caused by something that you believe is not morally right or fair
RIGHTEOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of righteous for Students
1 : doing or being what is just or proper righteous people a righteous action
2 : caused by an insult to what is believed to be just or proper righteous anger
righteouslyadverb righteously angry
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