• WordNet 3.6
    • n righteousness adhering to moral principles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Righteousness A righteous act, or righteous quality. "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags."
    • Righteousness The act or conduct of one who is righteous. "Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times."
    • Righteousness The quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude.
    • Righteousness (Theol) The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground of justification. "There are two kinds of Christian righteousness : the one without us, which we have by imputation; the other in us, which consisteth of faith, hope, and charity, and other Christian virtues.""Only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n righteousness The character of being righteous; purity of heart and rectitude of life; the being and doing right; conformity in character and conduct to a right standard.
    • n righteousness Hence, also In theology, a coming into spiritual oneness with God, because for Christ's sake the believer in Christ is treated as righteous.
    • n righteousness A righteous act or quality; anything which is or purports to be righteous.
    • n righteousness Rightfulness; justice.
    • n righteousness Synonyms See righteous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Righteousness purity of life: rectitude: conformity to a right standard: a righteous act or quality: holiness: the coming into spiritual reconciliation with God by means of the righteousness of Christ being imputed to a man in consequence of faith
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  • Sir Arthur Keith
    Sir Arthur Keith
    “The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine -- but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously.”
  • 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.”
  • 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
AS. rihtwīsnes,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rihtwísriht, right, wís, wise.


In literature:

Suppose there are within the city fifty people who are righteous.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
All will yet come right, for He says, 'I will make thy righteousness as the light and thy just dealings as the noonday.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
These are the 'wonderful words of life' that clothe us with righteousness.
"The Right Knock" by Helen Van-Anderson
Religion was divorced from morality, and ritual was substituted for righteousness.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
Good honest work is the foundation of all righteousness.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
The Scriptures declare this fact for the comfort of the righteous.
"The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern Sermons Preached at the Opening Services of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, in 1866" by Knowles King
Thus is "light" always "sown to the righteous.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Now let me say, secondly, that being righteous is the way to do righteousness.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Before I thought I was a just and a righteous man.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
I and Righteous, one of Asa's brothers, took the southerly track.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various

In poetry:

Come, and begin Thy reign
Of everlasting peace;
Come, take the kingdom to Thyself,
Great King of Righteousness.
"Come, Lord, and Tarry Not" by Horatius Bonar
Oh! let me die, said he,
The death the righteous do;
When life is ended let me be
Found with the faithful few.
"Balaam's Wish" by John Newton
He knows, and he approves,
The way the righteous go;
But sinners and their works shall meet
A dreadful overthrow.
"Psalm I: The Man Is Ever Blessed" by Isaac Watts
The force of truth how great!
When enemies confess,
None but the righteous whom they hate,
A solid hope possess.
"Balaam's Wish" by John Newton
Such virtue as commends of law
Of Virtue to the vulgar horde
Suffices not. You needs must draw
A righteous sword;
"The Portent" by Rudyard Kipling
True words of grief for sin,
Of longing to be free,
Of thirsting after righteousness,
And likeness, Lord, to Thee;
"Help Me, My God, To Speak" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

T he Duke University lacrosse scandal continues to bathe that august institution in the soft light of self-righteousness and hypocrisy.
Last week, we looked at how the location of justice is found not in a place but within a righteous judge.
But something happened to me recently that made me check my self-righteous black pride.
Have you lost that lovin' feeling for the Broncos' own former Righteous Brothers — Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak.
The heavens declare His righteousness.
Waging Heavy Peace and Righteousness.
What to make of this wave of righteous hysteria.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Puss in Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas) is, as he informs us, an outlaw, but one on the side of righteousness — he won't steal from churches or orphans.
The Righteous Kind (Gainesville) – Let Freedom Ring.
Building A Righteous Rear .
The Righteous Mind,' by Jonathan Haidt.
The self- righteousness is too stifling.
Critics Rave Over 50 Cent's Performance in ' Righteous Kill.
The Righteous Skeptic's Guide to Reading Poetry.

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