righteous etymology

English word righteous comes from Middle English rightwise (Upright, righteous Rightly (correctly or justly).)

Detailed word origin of righteous

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
rightwise Middle English (enm) Upright, righteous Rightly (correctly or justly).
rightwise English (eng) (rare) Rightly (correctly or justly); rightfully. (rare) By a rightward path; rightwards, rightwardly; clockwise (in a clockwise manner). [13th-16th century] (rare) Clockwise, moving clockwise.. (rare) Rightward (to or from the right side); on the right side. (rare).
righteous English (eng) (slang, US) Awesome; great.. Free from sin or guilt.. Justified morally.. Moral and virtuous, suggesting sanctimonious. To make righteous; specifically, to justify religiously, to absolve from sin.

Words with the same origin as righteous

Descendants of rightwise