Definition of righteous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrīCHəs/


1(Of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous: he is a good, righteous man, I am sure feelings of righteous indignation about pay and conditions
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  • His righteous indignation is quite understandable.
  • Your opponent comes out, quivering with righteous indignation, spoiling for a fight.
  • I've shared tears and anger, thoughtfulness and righteous indignation.
good, virtuous, upright, upstanding, decent;
ethical, principled, moral, high-minded, law-abiding, honest, honorable, blameless, irreproachable, noble;
saintly, angelic, pure
justifiable, justified, legitimate, defensible, supportable, rightful;
admissible, allowable, understandable, excusable, acceptable, reasonable
2US informal Very good; excellent: righteous bread pudding
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  • But if you're renting this, you're looking for righteous trash, and Tomcat Angels serves it up something fierce.
  • In the same book, the authors state that in order for external pathogenic qi to invade the tissue, correct or righteous qi must be weak, as is often the case in elderly or weakened patients.



Pronunciation: /ˈrīCHəslē/
Example sentences
  • This supposed solution to terrorism presumes that ‘good guy’ governments given unchecked power will righteously deploy it to shut down ‘bad guy’ armed groups.
  • New Zealanders get righteously upset when foreigners talk about the likes of Tana Umaga and Jonah Lomu as ‘islanders’ when both were born in New Zealand, albeit to parents from Samoa and Tonga respectively.
  • Then again, it was Bhatt who first taught Indian environmentalists that it was not enough to righteously protest at destruction of one kind or another: they must also set about the process of reconstruction.


Old English rihtwīs, from riht 'right' + wīs 'manner, state, condition' The change in the ending in the 16th century was due to association with words such as bounteous.

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Syllabification: right·eous

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