characterized by or proceeding from acknowledged requirements of morality or justice
- morally warranted
- Performing or in accordance thereupon that will be correct yielding to all or any their particular due just equitable specially free from wrong guilt or sin holy as a righteous guy or act a righteous retribution
- Doing, or according with, that which is correct; producing to all their because of; only; equitable; specially, free from incorrect, guilt, or sin; holy; as, a righteous man or act; a righteous retribution.
early 16c. alteration of rightwise, from Old English rihtwis, from riht (see right) + wis "wise, method, way" (see smart (adj.)). Suffix altered by impact of courteous, etc. Meaning "genuine, exemplary" is 1942 in jazz slang. Related: Righteously.
(a.) Performing, or according with, that which is right; yielding to all the their particular due; simply; equitable; specially, clear of incorrect, guilt, or sin; holy; because, a righteous guy or work; a righteous retribution.
Even in the older Davidic psalm-book there is a whole series of hymns in which the writer identifies himself with the poor and needy, the righteous people of God suffering in silence at the hands of the wicked, without other hope than patiently to wait for the interposition of Jehovah (Ps.