Definition of righteousness in US English:



  • The quality of being morally right or justifiable.

    ‘we had little doubt about the righteousness of our cause’
    ‘conviction of his own moral righteousness gave his oratory an irresistible power’
    • ‘He is a good-mannered hypocrite whose tedious righteousness has driven his beloved wife away.’
    • ‘His life is taken as the perfect example for all to follow, and his teaching the only sure guide to righteousness.’
    • ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things will be added unto you.’
    • ‘During this period he is urged to earn an honest living and follow righteousness.’
    • ‘Sure, we have our opinion on the issues, but we don't think we have a monopoly on morality or righteousness.’
    goodness, virtue, virtuousness, uprightness, decency, integrity, worthiness, rectitude, probity, morality, ethicalness, high-mindedness, justice, honesty, honour, honourableness, innocence, blamelessness, guiltlessness, irreproachability, sinlessness, saintliness, purity, nobility, noble-mindedness, piety, piousness
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