righteous

Do you consider yourself a moral person, who tries to do good and be good? If the answer is yes, you are righteous — in the right.

Being righteous literally means to be right, especially in a moral way. Religious people often talk about being righteous. In their view, the righteous person not only does the right thing for other people but also follows the laws of their religion. Heroes like Martin Luther King are often called righteous. On the other hand, this word can be a little negative. If you call someone self-righteous, it means they're a little too sure they're right and better than other people.

Definitions of righteous
  1. adjective
    morally justified
    righteous indignation”
    Synonyms:
    moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
  2. adjective
    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
    “"the...prayer of a righteous man availeth much"- James 5:16”
    Synonyms:
    good
    morally admirable
    clean-handed, guiltless, innocent
    free from evil or guilt
    just
    used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
    moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
    good, just, upright
    of moral excellence
    sound
    free from moral defect
    virtuous
    morally excellent
    worthy
    having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
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    Antonyms:
    unrighteous
    not righteous
    evil
    morally bad or wrong
    guilty
    responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act
    unjust
    violating principles of justice
    immoral
    deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
    sinful, unholy, wicked
    having committed unrighteous acts
    wicked
    morally bad in principle or practice
    unworthy
    lacking in value or merit
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