rectitude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rectitude righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rectitude Right judgment.
    • Rectitude Rightness of principle or practice; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws; uprightness of mind; uprightness; integrity; honesty; justice.
    • Rectitude Straightness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rectitude Straightness: as, the rectitude of a line.
    • n rectitude Rightness of principle or practice; uprightness of mind; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct by either divine or human laws; integrity; honesty; justice.
    • n rectitude Correctness; freedom from error, as of conduct.
    • n rectitude Synonyms Integrity, Uprightness, etc. (see honesty), principle, equity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rectitude rek′ti-tūd uprightness: correctness of principle or practice: integrity: correctness.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rectitudo, fr. rectus, right, straight: cf. F. rectitude,. See Right
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rectitudorectus, straight.

Usage

In literature:

At other times he most conscientiously refrains from everything but abstract rectitude of speech.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
His was plain purpose, rectitude unwarped, Industry, foresight.
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
His innate rectitude and instinct for the right course saved him, as it has saved him many times since.
"Camping with President Roosevelt" by John Burroughs
Pressure to rectitude by government investigation is distinctly an American institution.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
The clergyman should be alive to those things that concern the rectitude and purity of life.
"The business career in its public relations" by Albert Shaw
It's not a business that's conducive to unswerving rectitude.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
J. G. W.: Morally, it teaches rectitude of conduct; and by it we prove our work.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
Prosperity in business is not always a sign or proof of the rectitude of one's principles.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
He had a fierce intolerance of the slightest departure from absolute rectitude.
"The Day of Sir John Macdonald" by Joseph Pope
I suppose nothing could ever lead you from the narrow path of rectitude?
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
It was merely the rectitude of the measure.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
If Macdonald sinned in one direction, Alexander Mackenzie had already begun his course of almost too austere rectitude in another.
"British Supremacy & Canadian Self-Government" by J. L. Morison
He will esteem it treason to his country to let go his own rectitude of soul.
"The Religion of Politics" by Ezra S. Gannett
He was perfectly justified in exacting rectitude in his heirs.
"Room Number 3" by Anna Katharine Green
Our humorist was greatly aided in the prosecution of his work by the sustained rectitude of his own life.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
I have no doubt he achieved it with chivalrous rectitude.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
When Captain Rannie did a mean and dishonourable action, it bore to him the aspect of an act of singular rectitude.
"Command" by William McFee
Rectitude, justice, and thrift were the only ideals followed in this home.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
He early planted himself on the firm basis of moral rectitude and primitive religious truth.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
The root of all evil has sometimes tempted me from the path of rectitude.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
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In poetry:

She kept her line of rectitude
With love's unconscious ease;
Her kindly instincts understood
All gentle courtesies.
"The Friend’s Burial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thank God! the people's choice was just,
The one man equal to his trust,
Wise beyond lore, and without weakness good,
Calm in the strength of flawless rectitude.
"The Vow Of Washington" by John Greenleaf Whittier
As bound by honor's righteous law
In strictest rectitude he wrought--
The man who calmly, clearly saw
His duty, and who dallied not--
To garner life's necessities
For those whose comfort heightened his.
"Honest John" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Deacons, likewise, must be blameless when judged by His rule of rectitude.
The speaker exhorted audience members to lead lives of unimpeachable rectitude and integrity.
Masturbation was held to be sinful, a sickness with the power to erode one's physical health and moral rectitude.
Power, Corruption, and Rectitude by Harold D Lasswell, by Arnold A Rogow Prentice Hall, 138 pp.
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