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1  —as in:
a righteous cause
Definition morally correct; or morally justified


acting or feeling morally superior — especially when it isn't true (this meaning is more typically seen as a compound word beginning with "self-")
  • The extremism is fed by unquestioned belief in the righteousness of their cause.
righteousness = moral correctness
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • God agreed to spare the city if Abraham could find ten righteous people.
  • righteous = virtuous
  • She listened to the criticism with rising righteous indignation.
  • righteous = moral
  • Our cause is righteous.
  • righteous = morally correct
  • Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
    James Bryce
  • Clean living keeps me in shape. Righteous thoughts are my secret. And New Orleans home cooking.
    Fats Domino
  • But the rebels had righteous anger working for them, which could be a better weapon than mere combat skills,
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • righteous = morally justified
  • Dad said a righteous woman never shows anything above her ankle.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • righteous = morally correct
  • "There's no cause for righteousness," he said.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • righteousness = acting morally superior
  • But Johann felt sure that setting aside his own faith to defend the country that had given him so much was righteous in the eyes of the Lord.
    Mina Baites  --  The Silver Music Box
righteous = morally correct

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2  —as in:
caught a righteous wave
Definition wonderful — (used as slang or informally)
  • I had warned my comrades not to stop laying down the righteous beat until the song was over.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
righteous = wonderful — (used as slang or informally)

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