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used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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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-")
  • I laid a pallet for Mr. Taylor in Uncle Willie's room and crawled under Momma, who I knew for the first time was so good and righteous she could command the fretful spirits, as Jesus had commanded the sea.
    p. 168.9
righteous = virtuous
  • They basked in the righteousness of the poor and the exclusiveness of the downtrodden.
    p. 131.5
  • righteousness = virtue
  • He didn't suffer, as many "honest men" do, from the detestable righteousness that diminishes their virtue.
    p. 220.4
righteousness = feeling of moral superiority
There are no more uses of "righteous" in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

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