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righteousness
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Babbitt
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  • —don’t faint with surprise if some of those rum-dumm liars get one good swift poke from Mike, with all the kick of God’s Flaming Righteousness behind the wallop!
  • But the way of the righteous is not all roses.
  • When he laid out the Glen Oriole acreage development, when he ironed woodland and dipping meadow into a glenless, orioleless, sunburnt flat prickly with small boards displaying the names of imaginary streets, he righteously put in a complete sewage-system.
  • So silent—Oh, you righteous men!
  • She was full of the joy of righteousness and bad temper.
  • In a spasm of righteousness he flung his cigar-case out of the smoking-compartment window.
  • Also, he was one of only nineteen speakers at the dinner with which the Chamber of Commerce celebrated the victory of righteousness.
  • Babbitt spoke well—and often—at these orgies of commercial righteousness about the "realtor’s function as a seer of the future development of the community, and as a prophetic engineer clearing the pathway for inevitable changes"—which meant that a real-estate broker could make money by guessing which way the town would grow.
  • When Zenith’s lone Conscientious Objector came home from prison and was righteously run out of town, the newspapers referred to the perpetrators as an "unidentified mob."
  • Now this was the manner of obtaining alcohol under the reign of righteousness and prohibition: He drove from the severe rectangular streets of the modern business center into the tangled byways of Old Town—jagged blocks filled with sooty warehouses and lofts; on into The Arbor, once a pleasant orchard but now a morass of lodging-houses, tenements, and brothels.
  • The three Vigilantes, formidable in their righteousness, stared at him in a taut silence.

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  • extremism fed by unquestioned belief in the righteousness of their cause
  • Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
    James Bryce

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