Righteous Right"eous, a. [OE. rightways, rightwise, AS. rightw[=i]s; riht right + w[=i]s wise, having wisdom, prudent. See {Right}, a., {Wise}, a.] Doing, or according with, that which is right; yielding to all their due; just; equitable; especially, free from wrong, guilt, or sin; holy; as, a righteous man or act; a righteous retribution. [1913 Webster]

Fearless in his righteous cause. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Upright; just; godly; holy; uncorrupt; virtuous; honest; equitable; rightful. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • righteous — virtuous, noble, *moral, ethical Analogous words: *upright, honest, just, honorable Antonyms: iniquitous Contrasted words: *vicious, nefarious, flagitious, corrupt: profligate, dissolute, reprobate, *abandoned …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • righteous — [[t]ra͟ɪtʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you think that someone behaves or lives in a way that is morally good, you can say that they are righteous. People sometimes use righteous to express their disapproval when they think someone is only behaving in… …   English dictionary

  • righteous — /ˈraɪtʃəs / (say ruychuhs) adjective 1. characterised by uprightness or morality: a righteous act. 2. morally right or justifiable: righteous indignation. 3. in accordance with right; upright or virtuous: a righteous and godly man. –phrase 4. the …   Australian English dictionary

  • righteous — right|eous [ˈraıtʃəs] adj [: Old English; Origin: rihtwis, from riht right (noun) + wis wise ] 1.) righteous indignation/anger etc strong feelings of anger when you think a situation is not morally right or fair ▪ He was full of righteous… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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