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righteous
used in Beloved

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-")
  • ...colored with righteous resentment at what could have been his cowardice, or stupidity or bad luck
    One (57% in)
righteous = justified (or feeling justified)
  • Like a flag hoisted, this righteousness telegraphed and announced the faggot, the whip, the fist, the lie, long before it went public.
    One (95% in)

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

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exact meaning not specified
  • One makes him feel righteous.
    Three (80% in)
  • Riding close together, bunched-up like, and righteous.
    One (94% in)
  • The righteous Look every Negro learned to recognize along with his ma'am's tit.
    One (94% in)

There are no more uses of "righteous" in Beloved.

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