righteous

[ rahy-chuhs ]
/ ˈraɪ tʃəs /

adjective

characterized by uprightness or morality: a righteous observance of the law.
morally right or justifiable: righteous indignation.
acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous and godly person.
Slang. absolutely genuine or wonderful: some righteous playing by a jazz great.

noun

the righteous, (used with a plural verb) righteous persons collectively.

Nearby words

  1. right-wing,
  2. right-winger,
  3. rightable,
  4. rightabout,
  5. righten,
  6. righteously,
  7. righteousness,
  8. righter,
  9. rightful,
  10. rightfully

Origin of righteous

before 900; earlier rightwos, rightwis (remodeled with -ous), Middle English; Old English rihtwīs. See right, wise2

Related forms
Can be confusedright righteous rightful (see usage note at right)

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righteous

/ (ˈraɪtʃəs) /

adjective

  1. characterized by, proceeding from, or in accordance with accepted standards of morality, justice, or uprightness; virtuousa righteous man
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the righteous
morally justifiable or right, esp from one's own point of viewrighteous indignation
Derived Formsrighteously, adverbrighteousness, noun

Word Origin for righteous

Old English rīhtwīs, from right + wise ²

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Word Origin and History for righteously

righteous

adj.

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.

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