Words nearby righteousness
What does righteousness mean?
Righteousness is the quality of being virtuous, honorable, or morally right. It can also refer to such behavior.
Righteousness is the noun form of the adjective righteous. Being righteous means doing what is right—obeying the law or adhering to morals. Both righteous and righteousness are often used in a religious context.
Example: It’s not easy to follow the path of righteousness—in fact, if an action is difficult to take, it’s probably right!
Where does righteousness come from?
The first records of the word righteousness come from before the 900s. It ultimately derives 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. The suffix -ness makes it a noun.
The right in righteousness means “just,” “good,” or “correct” (rather than the opposite of “left”). Simply put, righteousness involves doing what is right (especially all the time) according to certain laws or morals. Righteousness is used frequently in the context of legal or moral judgments and religious matters. Some religions aim to help followers follow a path of righteousness. The common term self-righteousness refers to an overconfidence in one’s morality, especially when it leads one to criticize others.
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What are some other forms related to righteousness?
- righteous (adjective)
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How is righteousness used in real life?
Righteousness is most often used in the discussion of 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 religion and ethics.
“Somehow, the preacher must be an Amos, and say, "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Somehow, the preacher must say with Jesus, "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to deal with the problems of the poor."” #MLK pic.twitter.com/dhCJ2xQif1
— The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center (@TheKingCenter) April 3, 2020
Dharma means the “path of righteousness,” including a fundamental belief in the equality of all people and the duty to share and offer service to others.
Very simple concept , no need to complicate.
— Ivan (@Ivan59284557) May 27, 2020
Amazing to me how other people's self-righteousness fires up my own self-righteousness, until soon we're in a self-righteousness holy war…
— Elizabeth Gilbert (@GilbertLiz) September 29, 2015
Try using righteousness!
Which of the following actions is likely to be considered an example of righteousness?
A. cheating on a test
B. returning a lost wallet to its owner
C. ignoring a traffic light
D. robbing a bank
How to use righteousness in a sentence
Generations had been raised to think that America never lost a war and that American presidents were, with a few exceptions, pillars of righteousness.
The idea of supporting their places of employment has an added tinge of moral righteousness.The pandemic exposed small businesses’ vulnerabilities—and how to fix them|Tim Fernholz|April 18, 2021|Quartz
Both sides bask in their righteousness, holding steadfastly to an absolute position, whatever the downstream effect.Blue States Are Failing Their Students by Not Reopening Schools. Here's How They Got It So Wrong|Paymon Rouhanifard|April 12, 2021|Time
It has to have levels and branches in order to confirm justices and righteousness.
When he talked of “justice” rolling “down like waters, righteousness like an everflowing stream” and “crooked places” being “made straight,” he is pulling directly from the Books of Amos and Isaiah.A Justification For Unrest? Look No Further Than The Bible And The Founding Fathers|LGBTQ-Editor|June 11, 2020|No Straight News
“Personally, I deal with manners of righteousness and God,” he says.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And best of all, now he gets the self-righteousness of being the underdog!
Like Bush, Obama is convinced of the righteousness of his own judgment, and lets all of us know it.
Woe to you who have fallen away from the righteousness of your ancestors!Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?|Molly Worthen|June 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like Jimmy McNulty, Cruz is talented and charismatic, but trapped by his own self-righteousness.
The God of Victories will give us one as brilliant and complete as the righteousness and justice of our cause demand.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
She could have swooned, so intoxicant was her wonder and her solemn joy and her yearning after righteousness in love.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
In the others, it is that righteousness imputed through grace to each believer.
With the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For if I had power to train a son of mine to righteousness, and I trained him to wickedness, should I not sin against my son?God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford