righteousness etymology

English word righteousness comes from Old English rihtwīsnes

Detailed word origin of righteousness

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
rihtwīsnes Old English (ang)
rightwisnes Middle English (enm)
righteousness English (eng) (countable) A righteous act, or righteous quality.. (theology) The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground justification.. (uncountable) The quality or state of being righteous; Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it chiefly occurs, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and [...]