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What does righteous mean?
Righteous is an adjective that means virtuous, honorable, or morally right.
Being righteous means doing what is right—obeying the law or adhering to morals. It is often used in a religious context.
Example: It’s not easy to engage in righteous behavior—in fact, if an action is difficult to take, it’s probably right!
Where does righteous come from?
Records of righteous date back to before the 900s. It descends from the Old English word rihtwīs, which was formed from riht, meaning “right,” and wīs, referring to a manner or way of acting (as seen in words like otherwise and clockwise). Eventually, the word was altered with the adjectival suffix -ous.
Simply put, righteous describes someone who does what is right (especially all the time) according to certain laws or morals. The word can be applied to people or their actions, or to things like laws that are considered morally just. (The right in righteous means “just,” “good,” or “correct,” rather than the opposite of “left.”)
Righteous is used frequently in the context of legal or moral judgments and religious matters. The word is often used in phrases like righteous indignation or righteous anger to describe someone showing strong displeasure about some kind of injustice. The common term self-righteous is applied to people who are overly confident in their morality, especially when they criticize others.
Rightful can sometimes be used in the same way as righteous (meaning “in accordance with what is just”), but rightful is more commonly used to mean “having a valid claim” (as in rightful owner).
Righteous is sometimes used as a slang term meaning “excellent,” but this can sound a bit outdated.
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What are some other forms related to righteous?
- righteousness (noun)
- righteously (adverb)
- overrighteous (adjective)
- unrighteous (adjective)
- the righteous (noun)
- self-righteous (adjective)
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How is righteous used in real life?
Righteous is used to describe the moral character of a person or the fairness or justness of laws or rules. Because of this, it most often appears in the context of topics like criminal law, religion, and ethics.
For everyone hoping that “being on the right side of history” is motivating of righteous behavior…history suggests it is NOT
— Jay Kieve (@jkieve) January 25, 2020
It was probably also unpleasant to be around, and I'm sure there are people I wanted to like me who don't because I was obviously being self-righteous and overly pretentious, because Twitter enabled that behavior. So I try really hard to… not do it as much.
— Julie Alexis Muncy (@juliemuncy23) February 25, 2020
At the end of the day it's important to remember that this is fictional literature. It's meant to inspire discussion & debate. BE CIVIL. Have academic rational discussions. Have strong emotions & righteous indignation. But don't let that lead to abusive or disrespectful behavior.
— Adam🌴 aka ChEcKtheCiRcUiT🔌 aka FuriousFievel✡ (@ChecKtheCircuiT) February 24, 2020
Try using righteous!
Which of the following things is a righteous person most likely to do?
A. cheat on a test
B. return a lost wallet to its owner
C. ignore a traffic light
D. rob a bank
Example sentences from the Web for righteous
I do not want to offend another person, nor do I want to offend a righteous and loving God.Va. House of Delegates candidate defends anti-transgender comments|Michael K. Lavers|April 13, 2021|Washington Blade
The second is social distancing and masking, behaviors now weaponized by the governors of Texas and Mississippi, among others, with the implication that defying public health recommendations represents a righteous statement of freedom.COVID Experts: We’re Putting Out Campfires but the Forest Fire Rages - Facts So Romantic|Robert Bazell|March 17, 2021|Nautilus
She thought about how she could be more compassionate — less “self-righteous” — and stop pushing her brother away.After Capitol riots, desperate families turn to groups that ‘deprogram’ extremists|Paulina Villegas, Hannah Knowles|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Instead of recasting the Lupin role yet again, creators George Kay and François Uzan dreamed up a righteous present-day outlaw who takes inspiration from the books.The 5 Best New Shows Our TV Critic Watched in January 2021|Judy Berman|January 29, 2021|Time
Wolfe fell all over himself applauding Yeager, calling him “the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff.”
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.”
In the Jewish community, Christians who saved Jews from the Holocaust are known as “righteous gentiles.”
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
He was “v[ery] hot under the collar ... frustrated and mad, self-righteous.”How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations|Malcolm Byrne|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.His Last Week|William E. Barton
These are kept as his law, when obeyed, because of his authority as righteous moral Governor of all.
All the wrong wrought was his, and yet he sat there, calmly eying me, as though he were a righteous judge and I the culprit.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
The want of this on the part of the wicked being a curse, the enjoyment of it by the righteous is a privilege.
Surely the righteous shall give thanks (confess) unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.
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