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Definition moral integrity

More rarely, rectitude can reference correctness of judgment. or procedure.
  • In later years, I sometimes wondered exactly what made Jem do it, what made him break the bonds of "You just be a gentleman, son," and the phase of self-conscious rectitude he had recently entered.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
rectitude = moral integrity
  • Nancy was silent: her spirit of rectitude would not let her try to soften the edge of what she felt to be a just compunction.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Our legislators have not yet learned the comparative value of free trade and of freedom, of union, and of rectitude, to a nation.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • The Golden Age was first created, which without any avenger Spontaneously without law cherished fidelity and rectitude.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • As down the centuries, a few men stand in lonely rectitude that we may look and say, there is a human race behind us.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Mr Lehr slept on undisturbed upon his back with the thin rectitude of a bishop upon a tomb.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Stubberd, with a suppressed gaze of victorious rectitude at the old woman, continued: "Was standing myself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He gnawed the rectitude of his life; he felt that he had been outcast from life's feast.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The answer was given quietly, but with a voice as steady as a fearless nature and the consciousness of rectitude could make it.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Yes, you're right," Jaime would grudgingly admit with a rectitude that prevented him from arguing in bad faith.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • He feels very powerful through his rectitude, but in fact, hidden in his heart ... evil.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • She wanted to wrest from him an acknowledgment of his moral depravity-but only his own moral rectitude could attach significance to such a verdict.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Propelled from the depths of her ignorance, silly imagining and girlish rectitude, she had come to call a halt.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Javert, with his powerful rectitude of instinct, went straight to the bridge of Austerlitz.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Even much stronger mortals than Fred Vincy hold half their rectitude in the mind of the being they love best.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • There is no rectitude whatsoever.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Spare me your rectitude, Lord Snow, I have strength enough without you.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Neither can it be said, on the other hand, that the gain of rectitude must be bought by any loss.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • A diagnosis of latent insanity at the time of the murders, for instance however, the utmost caution and rectitude must be observed.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Has it been found that bodies of men act with more rectitude or greater disinterestedness than individuals?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers

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