From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Righteous \Right"eous\, a. [OE. rightways, rightwise, AS.
   rightw[imac]s; riht right + w[imac]s wise, having wisdom,
   prudent. See Right, a., Wise, a.]
   Doing, or according with, that which is right; yielding to
   all their due; just; equitable; especially, free from wrong,
   guilt, or sin; holy; as, a righteous man or act; a righteous
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         Fearless in his righteous cause.         --Milton.
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   Syn: Upright; just; godly; holy; uncorrupt; virtuous; honest;
        equitable; rightful.
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