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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ariȝt, ariht, from Old English āriht (aright, properly), from earlier *an riht, on riht (rightly), corresponding to a- +‎ right.


aright (comparative more aright, superlative most aright)

  1. Rightly, correctly; in the right way or form.
  2. (archaic) To or on the right-hand side.
    • 1801, Robert Southey, Thalaba the Destroyer:
      Once more away! and now
      The long descent is seen,
      A long, long, narrow path.
      Ice rocks aright, and hills of snow,
      Aleft the giddy precipice.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English arighten, arihten (to raise up); and Middle English iriȝten, irihten, ȝerihten (to make right, correct, erect), from Old English ġerihtan (to set right), equivalent to a- +‎ right.


aright (third-person singular simple present arights, present participle arighting, simple past and past participle arighted)

  1. (transitive) To make right; put right; arrange or treat properly.
    • 2003, John Beebe, Terror, Violence, and the Impulse to Destroy:
      But, from working with those who have felt exiled and damned, excoriated and benumbed, and yet have made it back to useful and creative life again, I know there are more sure, albeit intense, ways to aright oneself.

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