(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. godly, upright, just, moral, good; puritanical; devout, virtuous. See virtue.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Virtuous]
Syn. just, upright, good, honorable, honest, worthy, exemplary, noble, right-minded, goodhearted, dutiful, trustworthy, equitable, scrupulous, conscientious, ethical, moral, fair, impartial, fairminded, commendable, praiseworthy, guiltless, blameless, sinless, peerless, sterling, meritorious, deserving, laudable, punctilious, creditable, morally justifiable, charitable, philanthropic, having a clear conscience; see also moral 1 , reliable 1 .
Ant. corrupt*, sinful, immoral.
2. [Religiously inclined]
Syn. devout, pious, religious, holy, saintly, godly, godlike, angelic, devoted, reverent, reverential, faithful, fervent, strict, rigid, devotional, zealous, spiritual; see also holy 2 , religious 2 .
Ant. impious*, irreligious, profane.
3. [Conscious of one's own virtue]
Syn. self-righteous, sanctimonious, hypocritical; see egotistic 2 .
See Synonym Study at moral .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
good, right, virtuous, moral, ethical, honest, honorable, just, fair, upright, noble, saintly, innocent, angelic.
ANT.: bad, wicked, immoral, wrong
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having or marked by uprightness in principle and action: good, honest, honorable, incorruptible, true, upright, upstanding. Informal: straight-shooting. Idiom: on the up-and-up (or up and up). See HONEST. 2. In accordance with principles of right or good conduct: ethical, moral, principled, proper, right, rightful, right-minded, virtuous. See RIGHT.

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