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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Righteousness  \Right"eous*ness\,  n.  [AS.  rihtw[=i]snes.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  righteous;  holiness;  purity; 
  uprightness;  rectitude. 
  Note:  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. 
  2.  A  righteous  act  or  righteous  quality. 
  All  our  righteousnesses  are  as  filthy  rags.  --Isa. 
  lxiv.  6. 
  3.  The  act  or  conduct  of  one  who  is  righteous. 
  Blessed  are  they  that  keep  judgment,  and  he  that 
  doeth  righteousness  at  all  times.  --Ps.  cvi.  3. 
  4.  (Theol.)  The  state  of  being  right  with  God;  justification; 
  the  work  of  Christ,  which  is  the  ground  of  justification. 
  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.  --Hooker. 
  Only  for  the  righteousness  of  Christ  imputed  to  us 
  and  received  by  faith  alone.  --Westminster 
  Syn:  Uprightness;  holiness;  godliness;  equity;  justice; 
  rightfulness;  integrity;  honesty;  faithfulness. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  adhering  to  moral  principles  [ant:  {unrighteousness}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  RIGHTEOUSNESS,  n.  A  sturdy  virtue  that  was  once  found  among  the 
  Pantidoodles  inhabiting  the  lower  part  of  the  peninsula  of  Oque.  Some 
  feeble  attempts  were  made  by  returned  missionaries  to  introduce  it 
  into  several  European  countries,  but  it  appears  to  have  been 
  imperfectly  expounded.  An  example  of  this  faulty  exposition  is  found 
  in  the  only  extant  sermon  of  the  pious  Bishop  Rowley,  a  characteristic 
  passage  from  which  is  here  given: 
  "Now  righteousness  consisteth  not  merely  in  a  holy  state  of 
  mind,  nor  yet  in  performance  of  religious  rites  and  obedience  to 
  the  letter  of  the  law.  It  is  not  enough  that  one  be  pious  and 
  just:  one  must  see  to  it  that  others  also  are  in  the  same  state; 
  and  to  this  end  compulsion  is  a  proper  means  Forasmuch  as  my 
  injustice  may  work  ill  to  another,  so  by  his  injustice  may  evil  be 
  wrought  upon  still  another,  the  which  it  is  as  manifestly  my  duty 
  to  estop  as  to  forestall  mine  own  tort.  Wherefore  if  I  would  be 
  righteous  I  am  bound  to  restrain  my  neighbor,  by  force  if  needful, 
  in  all  those  injurious  enterprises  from  which  through  a  better 
  disposition  and  by  the  help  of  Heaven,  I  do  myself  restrain." 

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