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
But populism can also be described as a political logic by which politicians claim to exclusively represent the righteous people in a struggle against the corrupt elite.
For the Midrash, the righteous are converts for whom God feels a special love.
The legislation seems a likely reaction to the righteous move by the city of New Orleans, which recently removed four prominent Confederate monuments from its boundaries in recent weeks.
On Friday, the U2 frontman shared a photo with Bush taken at the former president's ranch in Crawford, Texas, applauding his righteous work and warning against the current president's proposed budget.
Self-righteous pirate who uses lack of return policies to justify torrenting new games?
With longtime techno producer Beaumont Hannant in tow, her cabaret dance pop marks the same territory as Madonna's Ray of Light, but with a less chilly approach and none of the self-righteous armchair spirituality.
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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: 1530
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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