• IPA: /ˈɹaɪt͡ʃəsnəs/


  1. (uncountable) The quality or state of being righteous.
  2. (uncountable, theology) Holiness; conformity of life to the divine law.
    Synonyms: rectitude, uprightness, holiness, godliness, equity, justice, rightfulness, integrity, honesty, faithfulness
  3. (countable) A righteous act, or righteous quality.
    • Book of Isaiah lxiv. 6.
      All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.
  4. The act or conduct of one who is righteous.
    • Psalms cvi. 3.
      Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth rightness at all times.
  5. (theology) The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground justification.
    • 1594-7, Richard Hooker, ''Richard Hooker#Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, A Discourse, Section 21 ↗
      There are two kinds of Christian righteousness: the one without us, which we have by imputation; the other in us, which consisteth of faith, hope, and charity, and other Christian virtues.
    • 1646-7, Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q.33 ↗
      Only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: moralidade
  • Spanish: buena obra; rectitud

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