Definitions

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  • n. The quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it chiefly occurs, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law.
  • n. A righteous act, or righteous quality.
  • n. The act or conduct of one who is righteous.
  • n. The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground justification.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude.
  • n. A righteous act, or righteous quality.
  • n. The act or conduct of one who is righteous.
  • n. The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground of justification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being righteous; purity of heart and rectitude of life; the being and doing right; conformity in character and conduct to a right standard.
  • n. Hence, also In theology, a coming into spiritual oneness with God, because for Christ's sake the believer in Christ is treated as righteous.
  • n. A righteous act or quality; anything which is or purports to be righteous.
  • n. Rightfulness; justice.
  • n. Synonyms See righteous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. adhering to moral principles

Etymologies

Middle English rightwisnes from Old English rihtwīsnes "justice". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the enthroned Christ every question about sin is answered, and every claim of a violated law is absolutely met; and though there is no abatement in the demands of the decalogue, yet because "Christ has become the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth," now "_grace reigns through righteousness_ unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord."

    The Ministry of the Spirit

  • And then there's "All our righteousness is as dirty rags ..."

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  • God, and is profitable for doctrine -- and for instruction in righteousness, that is, in the nature and branches of religion.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Note, When we are most in the dark concerning the meaning of God's dispensations we must still resolve to keep up right thoughts of God, and must be confident of this, that he never did, nor ever will do, the least wrong to any of his creatures; even when his judgments are unsearchable as a great deep, and altogether unaccountable, yet his righteousness is as conspicuous and immovable as the great mountains,

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • Put another way, how exactly do you propose that we should move beyond what you call righteousness?

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  • In conclusion, it seems to me that one way to go beyond what you call righteousness - is to find ways to bring affect and structural relationship between the middle class and the the subaltern into the same framework.

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  • Holy Spirit to set forth the series of kings of Judah, all four alike, failing in "righteousness," followed at last by the "King," a righteous

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • In Isa 59: 17, "righteousness" is His breastplate.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • He uses the word righteousness eleven times in this one chapter, so he’s really driving home that point.

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  • After Paul addressed the religious zeal of his audience, he concluded his talk with these words, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17. 30-31).

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