Righteousness  

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  1. Free from sin or guilt.
  2. Moral and virtuous, to the point of sanctimonious.
  3. Justified morally.
    righteous rage
  4. Awesome; great.

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Righteousness (also called rectitude) is an important theological concept in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 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 pleasing to God.

William Tyndale remodelled the word after an earlier word rihtwis, which would have yielded modern English *rightwise or *rightways. He used it to translate the Hebrew root צדקים (TzDYQ), tzedek, 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 New Testament.

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