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

adj 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

adj 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
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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