Righteousness vs. Rightness

By Jaxson

  • Righteousness

    Righteousness is defined as “the quality of being morally correct and justifiable.” It can also be considered synonymous with “rightness”. It is a concept that can be found in Indian religions and Abrahamic traditions as a theological concept. For example, from various perspectives in Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism it is considered 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.

    It is also found in Tamil literature in the name of அறம் (aram). In Tamil literature there is separate section called அற நூல்கள் (“righteous books”), for example Thirukkural, Nālaṭiyār and many more books. Tirukkural dedicates chapters 1–38 of the Book of Aram for righteousness. A poem in Purananuru written by Kaniyan Pungundranar, it showcases the practice of righteousness leads to world peace and harmony in society.

    William Tyndale (Bible translator into English in 1526) 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 over five hundred times in the Hebrew Bible, and the Greek word δίκαιος (dikaios), which appears more than two hundred times in the New Testament.

  • Righteousness (noun)

    The quality or state of being righteous.

  • Righteousness (noun)

    Holiness; conformity of life to the divine law.


  • Righteousness (noun)

    A righteous act, or righteous quality.

  • Righteousness (noun)

    The act or conduct of one who is righteous.

  • Righteousness (noun)

    The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground justification.

  • Rightness (noun)

    The characteristic of being right; correctness.

  • Rightness (noun)

    The result or product of being right; something correct.

  • Rightness (noun)

    The property of being on, or moving toward, the right.

  • Righteousness (noun)

    the quality of being morally right or justifiable

    “we had little doubt about the righteousness of our cause”

    “conviction of his own moral righteousness gave his oratory an irresistible power”

  • Rightness (noun)

    the quality or state of being morally good, justified, or acceptable

    “they argue for the moral rightness of overthrowing the leader by force”

  • Rightness (noun)

    the quality or state of being true or correct as a fact

    “they are convinced of the rightness of their theories”

  • Rightness (noun)

    the quality or state of being best or most appropriate for a particular situation

    “the rightness of that move for me”

Oxford Dictionary

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