Origin of righteous
Examples from the Web for righteous
From righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.
Perhaps more telling, state media called the attack on the studio “a righteous deed.”
As righteous and honest as his anger may be—“They basically just filmed my riffs,” says Meltzer— it is always tinged with hope.Brad Meltzer's Passion For Reuniting America With Its Historic Objects|Oliver Jones|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These grisly images drew a huge audience, and allowed that audience to indulge in righteous indignation.
Their righteous outbursts represent an ancient and unctuous form of Kabuki theater.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?|Steve Almond|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And even then came, "let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."Withered Leaves from Memory's Garland|Abigail Stanley Hanna
No speech ever delivered in America has excited such deep and righteous indignation.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 3 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
Henry donated the windows and he had Diana of Poitiers pictured among the righteous souls in the fifth seal of the Apocalypse.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
He raised his face, all powder-stained, as he searched the room with eyes that glowed with a desire for righteous vengeance.Trusia|Davis Brinton
Severe punishment was her righteous portion, and all who were associated with her suffered.Mysteries of Police and Crime|Arthur Griffiths
British Dictionary definitions for righteous
- characterized by, proceeding from, or in accordance with accepted standards of morality, justice, or uprightness; virtuousa righteous man
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the righteous
Word Origin for righteous
Word Origin and History for righteous
early 16c. alteration of rightwise, from Old English rihtwis, from riht (see right) + wis "wise, way, manner" (see wise (adj.)). Suffix altered by influence of courteous, etc. Meaning "genuine, excellent" is 1942 in jazz slang. Related: Righteously.