the quality or state of being righteous
; holiness; purity; uprightness; rectitude. Righteousness, as used in Scripture
, 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; a righteous act, or righteous quality
"all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isa. lxiv. 6."