from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Morally upright; without guilt or sin: a righteous parishioner.
- adj. In accordance with virtue or morality: a righteous judgment.
- adj. Morally justifiable: righteous anger. See Synonyms at moral.
- n. Righteous people considered as a group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. free from sin or guilt
- adj. moral and virtuous, suggesting sanctimonious
- adj. justified morally
- adj. awesome
- v. To make righteous; specifically, to justify religiously, to absolve from sin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Doing, or according with, that which is right; yielding to all their due; just; equitable; especially, free from wrong, guilt, or sin; holy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Upright; incorrupt; virtuous; conforming in character and conduct to a right standard; free from guilt or sin; obedient to the moral or divine law.
- In accordance with right; authorized by moral or divine law; just and good; right; worthy.
- Proper; fitting: as, righteous indignation.
- Synonyms Righteous, Rightful. Upright, Just; honest, equitable, fair; godly, holy, saintly. The first three of the italicized words go back directly to the first principles of right, while just, though expressing quite as much conformity to right, suggests more of the intricate questions arising out of the relations of men. Upright gets force from the idea of physical perpendicularity, a standing up straight by the standard of right; righteous carries up the idea of right to the standards, motives, and sanctions of religion; rightful applies not to conduct, but to claims by right: as, he is the rightful owner of the land; just suggests by derivation a written law, but presumes that the law is a right one, or that there is above if, and if necessary overruling it, a law of God. This last is the uniform Biblical usage. Just generally implies the exercise of some power or authority. See justice and honesty.
- To make righteous; justify.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
- adj. morally justified
Middle English ryghtuous, alteration of rihtwise, from Old English rihtwīs : riht, right; see right + -wīse, -wise.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier rightuous, rightwose, rightwos, rightwise, from Middle English rightwise, rightwis, from Old English rihtwīs ("righteous, just, right, justifiable"), corresponding to right + -wise (with assimilation of second element to -ous), or to right + wise (“way, manner”). Cognate with Scots richtwis ("righteous"), Old High German rehtwīsic ("righteous, just"), Icelandic réttvíss ("righteous, just"). Compare also thefteous, mighteous. (Wiktionary)