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The formal word ‘rectitude’ refers to the quality or attitude displayed by people who conduct themselves in a way that is honest, moral, and in line with social conventions. For the most part, this is seen as a highly positive way of being and elicits praise and admiration. However, some may judge such people to be dull and overly righteous.
I totally trust Chris to handle all the financial arrangements. He is a man of impeccable moral rectitude.
My neighbour is an austere man with a steely rectitude. He thinks his own righteousness gives him the authority to lecture others on their behaviour.
The prominent government official has always given the appearance of rectitude, but the newspaper’s sordid revelations about his private life have proven that it was all a front.