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righteous
used in Moby Dick

5 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
a righteous cause
Definition
morally correct; or morally justified

or:

acting or feeling morally superior — especially when it isn't true (this meaning is more typically seen as a compound word beginning with "self-")
  • So in this vale of Death, God girds us round; and over all our gloom, the sun of Righteousness still shines a beacon and a hope.
    Chapters 97-99 — The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (58% in)
  • Whereupon Stubb quickly pulled to the floating body, and hailing the Pequod to give notice of his intentions, at once proceeded to reap the fruit of his unrighteous cunning.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (43% in)

There are no more uses of "righteous" flagged with this meaning in Moby Dick.

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  • Had any one of his old acquaintances on shore but half dreamed of what was lurking in him then, how soon would their aghast and righteous souls have wrenched the ship from such a fiendish man!
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (57% in)
  • Thou saw'st the murdered mate when tossed by pirates from the midnight deck; for hours he fell into the deeper midnight of the insatiate maw; and his murderers still sailed on unharmed—while swift lightnings shivered the neighboring ship that would have borne a righteous husband to outstretched, longing arms.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (15% in)
  • But so decided an original start had Derick had, that spite of all their gallantry, he would have proved the victor in this race, had not a righteous judgment descended upon him in a crab which caught the blade of his midship oarsman.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (53% in)

There are no more uses of "righteous" in Moby Dick.

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