verb (used with object)
Origin of upright
Examples from the Web for uprightness
He shall find that innocency and uprightness in judgment shall hold its feet and make him happy, when jouking will not do it.Letters of Samuel Rutherford|Samuel Rutherford
He is a noble example of what energy and uprightness may accomplish even here.
Having early formed the high ideals of uprightness, no man could ever bring against him the charge of dishonesty.
His uprightness prevented his being sufficiently on the watch against the machinations of parties.Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men|Francois Arago
You have too much intelligence and uprightness of intellect.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II|Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Old English upriht, from up "up" + riht "right." Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian upriucht, Middle Dutch oprecht, Old High German ufreht, German aufrecht, Old Norse uprettr). Figurative sense of "good, honest" is first attested 1520s. The noun in the sense of "something standing erect" is from 1742.
THREE-PENNY UPRIGHT. A retailer of love, who, for the sum mentioned, dispenses her favours standing against a wall. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]
The bent-over rear-entry posture they are talking about, of course, is kubda, the three-obol position at the bottom-end of a prostitute's price-range. [James N. Davidson, "Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens," 1997]
see bolt upright.