, n. [AS. rihtwsnes.] 1. The quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude.
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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 conformity of life to the divine law.
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2. A righteous act, or righteous quality.
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All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.
Isa. lxiv. 6.
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3. The act or conduct of one who is righteous.
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Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Ps. cvi. 3.
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4. (Theol.) The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground of justification.
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There are two kinds of Christian righteousness: the one without us, which we have by imputation; the other in us, which consisteth of faith, hope, and charity, and other Christian virtues.
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Only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.
Westminster Catechism.
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Syn. -- Uprightness; holiness; godliness; equity; justice; rightfulness; integrity; honesty; faithfulness.
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