📌 righteous 📚 🧬 Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias ⚗

righteous

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 righteous — [rī′chəs] adj. [altered, by analogy with adjs. in EOUS < ME rihtwis < OE: see RIGHT & WISE] 1. acting in a just, upright manner; doing what is right; virtuous [a righteous man] 2. morally right; fair and just [a righteous act] 3 …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 righteous — index clean, conscientious, equitable, ethical, high minded, just, law abiding, meritorious, moral …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 righteous — (adj.) early 16c. alteration of rightwise, from O.E. rihtwis, from riht (see RIGHT (Cf. right)) + wis wise, way, manner. Suffix altered by influence of courteous, etc. Meaning genuine, excellent is c.1900 in jazz slang. Related: Righteousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 righteous — [adj] good, honest angelic, blameless, charitable, commendable, conscientious, creditable, deserving, devoted, devout, dutiful, equitable, ethical, exemplary, fair, faithful, godlike, guiltless, holy, honorable, impartial, innocent,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 righteous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ morally right or justifiable. DERIVATIVES righteously adverb righteousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 righteous — righteously, adv. /ruy cheuhs/, adj. 1. characterized by uprightness or morality: a righteous observance of the law. 2. morally right or justifiable: righteous indignation. 3. acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous and godly… …

    Universalium

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 righteous — adjective 1 righteous indignation/anger etc strong feelings of anger when you think a situation is not morally right or fair: “You should have asked me first” said Corrine, full of righteous indignation. 2 formal morally good and fair: a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 righteous — right|eous [ raıtʃəs ] adjective 1. ) FORMAL morally good or correct, especially according to standards set by religion: righteous people 2. ) righteous feelings are caused by a belief that you are right to feel angry, for example because of… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 righteous — UK [ˈraɪtʃəs] / US adjective 1) literary morally good or correct, especially according to standards set by religion righteous people 2) righteous feelings are caused by a belief that you are right to feel angry, for example because of something… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 righteous — [“raitfas] mod. good; of good quality. (Originally black.) □ She is a righteous mama. □ Bart told me about ome righteous grass he’s got. □ This stuff is really righteous! …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 16 righteous — adjective Etymology: alteration of earlier rightuous, alteration of Middle English rightwise, rightwos, from Old English rihtwīs, from riht, noun, right + wīs wise Date: 1530 1. acting in accord with divine or moral law ; free from guilt or sin 2 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 righteous — Synonyms and related words: Christendom, Christian, Christlike, Christly, God fearing, according to Hoyle, angelic, appropriate, apt, blameless, clean, condign, correct, creditable, decent, decorous, due, erect, estimable, ethical, exemplary,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 righteous — adj American a. good, admirable A righteous dude. b. large or excessive A righteous mess. Both senses are originally black adapta tions of the standard English term, influ enced by religious jargon. The terms are now also used, sometimes… …

    Contemporary slang

  • 19 righteous — adjective 1) righteous living Syn: good, virtuous, upright, upstanding, decent; ethical, principled, moral, high minded, law abiding, honest, honorable, blameless, irreproachable, noble; saintly, angelic …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 righteous — right•eous [[t]ˈraɪ tʃəs[/t]] adj. 1) characterized by uprightness or morality 2) morally right or justifiable: righteous indignation[/ex] 3) acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous person[/ex] 4) Slang. genuinely good • Etymology …

    From formal English to slang