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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 retribution. [1913 Webster] Fearless in his righteous cause. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Upright; just; godly; holy; uncorrupt; virtuous; honest; equitable; rightful. [1913 Webster]