April 23, 2016
- righteous (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : acting rightly : upright2 a : according to what is right b : caused by an insult to one's sense of what is right
- How do you use it?
- "‘Mr. Rochester, if ever I did a good deed in my life— if ever I thought a good thought- if ever I prayed a sincere and blameless prayer— if ever I wished a righteous wish,— I am rewarded now.'" (Charlotte Bronte, _Jane Eyre_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "righteous"?"Righteous," "ethical," "moral," "virtuous," and "noble" mean conforming to a standard of what is right and good. "Righteous" stresses lack of guilt or blame, as in "leading a righteous life." "Ethical" may suggest the involvement of more difficult or subtle questions of rightness, fairness, or equity, as in "committed to the highest ethical principles." "Moral" implies conformity to accepted notions of right and wrong, as in "the basic moral values of a community." "Virtuous" implies moral excellence in character, as in "a virtuous man." "Noble" implies freedom from anything petty, mean, or questionable in conduct and character, as in "the noblest of reasons for seeking office."