noun (es, -)
- (uncountable) The quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude. 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.
- (countable) A righteous act, or righteous quality.
- All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isa. lxiv. 6.
- The act or conduct of one who is righteous.
- Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth rightness at all times. Ps. cvi. 3.
- (theology) The state of being right with God; justification; the work of Christ, which is the ground justification.
- There are two kinds of Christian : the one without us, which we have by imputation; the other in us, which consisteth of faith, hope, and charity, and other Christian virtues. Hooker.
- Only for the of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.'' Westminster Catechism.
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