righteousness

[rahy-chuhs-nis]
noun
1.
the quality or state of being righteous.
2.
righteous conduct.
3.
the quality or state of being just or rightful: They came to realize the righteousness of her position on the matter.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English rightwisnes(se), Old English rihtwīsnes. See righteous, -ness

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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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Righteousness definition


See JUSTIFICATION.

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Example sentences
The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
The righteousness of old protest songs has been replaced by sorrow and malaise.
But there is less to this flurry of righteousness than meets the eye.
It is ignorance or self righteousness that speaks of total freedom without
  responsibility.
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