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==Etymology==
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alteration of earlier rightuous, alteration of [http://nordan.daynal.org/wiki/index.php?title=English#ca._1100-1500_.09THE_MIDDLE_ENGLISH_PERIOD Middle English] rightwise, rightwos, from [http://nordan.daynal.org/wiki/index.php?title=English#ca._600-1100.09THE_OLD_ENGLISH.2C_OR_ANGLO-SAXON_PERIOD Old English] rihtwīs, from riht, noun, right + wīs wise
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*Date: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_Century 1530]
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==Definitions==
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*1 : [[acting]] in accord with [[divine]] or [[moral]] [[law]] : free from [[guilt]] or [[sin]]
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*2 a : morally right or justifiable <a righteous [[decision]]>
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:b : arising from an outraged sense of [[justice]] or [[morality]] <righteous indignation>
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*3 slang : genuine, excellent
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:synonyms see [[moral]]
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==Description==
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'''Righteousness''' (also called rectitude) is an important theological [[concept]] in [[monotheism]]. It is an [[attribute]] that implies that a [[person's]] [[actions]] are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that is [[Pleasure|pleasing]] to [[God]]. Righteousness is also used as an attribute for God. [http://nordan.daynal.org/wiki/index.php?title=Book_of_Psalms#Psalm_2 Psalm 2] speaks of one being shielded by God and receiving favor because of righteousness.
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The [[English]] word righteous was coined by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale William Tyndale], who remodelled the [[word]] after an earlier word rihtwis, which would have yielded [http://nordan.daynal.org/wiki/index.php?title=English#1500-present.09THE_MODERN_ENGLISH_PERIOD Modern English] rightwise or rightways. He used it to [[translate]] the Hebrew root צדקים (TzDYQ), tzedek (see [[Melchizedek|Melchi'''zedek''']]), which appears more than five hundred times in the [[Hebrew Bible]], and the [[Greek]] [[word]] δικαιος (dikaios), which appears more than two hundred times in the [[Christian Bible|New Testament]].
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[[Category: Law]]
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[[Category: Religion]]

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