• WordNet 3.6
    • adj righteous morally justified "righteous indignation"
    • adj righteous characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice "the...prayer of a righteous man availeth much"- James 5:16"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Righteous Doing, or according with, that which is right; yielding to all their due; just; equitable; especially, free from wrong, guilt, or sin; holy; as, a righteous man or act; a righteous retribution. "Fearless in his righteous cause."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • righteous Upright; incorrupt; virtuous; conforming in character and conduct to a right standard; free from guilt or sin; obedient to the moral or divine law.
    • righteous In accordance with right; authorized by moral or divine law; just and good; right; worthy.
    • righteous Proper; fitting: as, righteous indignation.
    • righteous Synonyms Righteous, Rightful. Upright, Just; honest, equitable, fair; godly, holy, saintly. The first three of the italicized words go back directly to the first principles of right, while just, though expressing quite as much conformity to right, suggests more of the intricate questions arising out of the relations of men. Upright gets force from the idea of physical perpendicularity, a standing up straight by the standard of right; righteous carries up the idea of right to the standards, motives, and sanctions of religion; rightful applies not to conduct, but to claims by right: as, he is the rightful owner of the land; just suggests by derivation a written law, but presumes that the law is a right one, or that there is above if, and if necessary overruling it, a law of God. This last is the uniform Biblical usage. Just generally implies the exercise of some power or authority. See justice and honesty.
    • righteous To make righteous; justify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Righteous rī′tyus living and acting according to right and justice: free from guilt or sin: equitable: merited
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  • Bible
    “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. [Proverbs 28:1]”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “The wicked work harder to preach hell than the righteous do to get to heaven.”
  • Bible
    “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
  • Bible
    “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again. [Proverbs 24:16]”
  • Martin Luther
    “People must have righteous principles in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rightways, rightwise, AS. rightwīs,; riht, right + wīs, wise, having wisdom, prudent. See Right (a.) Wise (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rihtwísriht, right, wís, wise.


In literature:

M.: Let us endeavor to live the life of the righteous, that our last end may be like his.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
In him I stand clothed in the very 'righteousness of God.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
This circumstance very naturally heightens our previous conception of his righteousness.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
Professor Rhys-Davids prefers, "The Foundation of the Kingdom of Righteousness".
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
When these things are so, we have a righteous life; for righteousness in matters of property is but a small part of virtue.
"Five Stages of Greek Religion" by Gilbert Murray
Verily, it was a triumph for the cause of righteousness!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He hates cruelty and injustice as righteously as he hates anarchy.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
I have been a conceited, self-righteous Pharisee.
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
Righteousness in this sense implies, of course, the forgiveness of sins; but, besides, the righteousness of life is comprehended in it.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
There was no thought in his mind of any meritorious self-righteousness.
"Sovereign Grace" by Dwight Moody
Tom with considerable violence declares his righteousness.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
They often know nothing and care less for spiritual things and heart righteousness.
"Bible Studies in the Life of Paul" by Henry T. Sell
He did not sanction bloodshed even in a righteous cause.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
They will know Him as their righteousness, as we know Him as our righteousness.
"Studies in Prophecy" by Arno C. Gaebelein
The energetic prayer of a righteous man is mightily prevalent.
"A Translation of the New Testament from the original Greek" by T. Haweis
It would have been more righteous to have put a pistol to their heads and have blown out their brains.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
And this righteousness and holiness can never deceive us by false promises, because they are rooted in 'truth' or reality.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians" by Charles Gore
God help the righteous.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
Riches and honors without righteousness are to me as fleeting clouds.
"The Wisdom of Confucius" by Epiphanius Wilson

In poetry:

While Thy glorious praise is sung,
Touch my lips, unloose my tongue,
That my joyful soul may bless
Christ the Lord, my Righteousness.
"To the Temple I Repair" by James Montgomery
The righteous Lord loves righteous souls,
Whose thoughts and actions are sincere;
And with a gracious eye beholds
The men that his own image bear.
"Psalm 11" by Isaac Watts
"The Spirit shall descend and show
What thou hast done, and what I do
The wond'ring world shall learn thy grace,
Thy wisdom, and thy righteousness."
"Psalm 40" by Isaac Watts
But faith, that looks to promis'd grace,
Clean out of self the soul will chase,
To Christ for righteousness and strength,
And finds the joyful rest at length.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
And if thy Children shall th' Almighty fear,
And all their days in righteousness employ,
Thou shalt thyself again behold them there,
In endless glory, and in endless joy.
"Another Conference Between The Devout Sick Man, And His Soul" by Rees Prichard
When night approaches and the day grows late,
Think you to find the way to heaven's gate?
Think you to dwell with souls of righteous men?
Think you to enter in? If not, what then?
"What Had He Done?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Chick-fil-A, Papa John's and In-N-Out Burger: Spare us your fast-food righteousness .
It's Time to Stand for Righteousness .
and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness .
The Self-Righteousness of Sports Fans.
The editorial writers at the Washington Post, with righteous fervor, have launched an anticorruption campaign against a Maryland political leader and strategist, Jon Gerson, and his clients.
It's Time to Stand for Righteousness.
This week in self-righteous Washington anger, some decided to take a strong, opinionated stance on an issue that affects all Americans: No, not tax cuts for more the middle class.
Abraham stepped forward and said, Will You really sweep away the righteous with the wicked.
What if there are 50 righteous people in the city.
Our hero knows who the bad guys are (well, most of them) and believes he is doing righteous work by ridding his city of crime.
People of faith must assert righteous principles to combat secularism.
for righteousness (for uprightness and right standing with God), but behold, a cry.
In any case, witness the righteousness of Miss Manners's fury.
He feels no shame — only a righteous sense of mission.
He feels no shame - only a righteous sense of mission.

In science:

If DE is a righteous modeling for cosmic acceleration, then we would be interested in the upper bound of standard gravity.
A Cosmological Test of Standard Gravity by Weak Lensing
DeGrace, P., and Stahl, L. H., Wicked Problems, Righteous Solutions: A Catalogue of Modern Software Engineering Paradigms, Yourdon Press, 1990.
Applying Software Defect Estimations: Using a Risk Matrix for Tuning Test Effort