righteous

[rahy-chuhs]
adjective
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 person.
4.
Slang. absolutely genuine or wonderful: some righteous playing by a jazz great.
noun
5.
the righteous, (used with a plural verb) righteous persons collectively.

Origin:
before 900; earlier rightwos, rightwis (remodeled with -ous), Middle English; Old English rihtwīs. See right, wise2

righteously, adverb
overrighteous, adjective
overrighteously, adverb
overrighteousness, noun
prerighteous, adjective
prerighteously, adverb
prerighteousness, noun
quasi-righteous, adjective
quasi-righteously, adverb
superrighteous, adjective
superrighteously, adverb
superrighteousness, noun

right, righteous, rightful (see usage note at right).


3. good, honest, fair, right.


3. evil, wicked.
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righteous (ˈraɪtʃəs)
 
adj
1.  a.  characterized by, proceeding from, or in accordance with accepted standards of morality, justice, or uprightness; virtuous: a righteous man
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the righteous
2.  morally justifiable or right, esp from one's own point of view: righteous indignation
 
[Old English rīhtwīs, from right + wise²]
 
'righteously
 
adv
 
'righteousness
 
n

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righteous
early 16c. alteration of rightwise, from O.E. rihtwis, from riht (see right) + wis "wise, way, manner." Suffix altered by influence of courteous, etc. Meaning "genuine, excellent" is c.1900 in jazz slang.
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Example sentences
The information is interesting, but its presentation verges on self-righteous.
But let's watch the self-righteous indignation and reserve a little anger for
  the enablers.
People are not responding well to the self-righteous rants of animal-rights
  vegans.
Moreover, many people already view environmentalists as self-righteous and
  manipulative.
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