righteousness

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Middle English rightwisnes from Old English rihtwīsnes "justice".

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NounEdit

righteousness (countable and uncountable, plural righteousnesses)

  1. (uncountable) 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.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 4, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.
  2. (countable) A righteous act, or righteous quality.
    • Isaiah lxiv. 6.
      All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.
  3. The act or conduct of one who is righteous.
    • Psalms cvi. 3.
      Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth rightness at all times.
  4. (theology) The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground justification.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 09:53