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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 (prep.)- +‎ right.


aright (comparative more aright, superlative most aright)

  1. Rightly, correctly; in the right way or form.
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, The Essayes, [], printed at London: [] Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      , I.56:
      it is not easie we should so often settle our minds in so regular, so reformed, and so devout a seat, where indeed it ought to be, to pray aright and effectually: otherwise our praiers are not only vaine and unprofitable, but vicious.
    • 1818: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, chapter 24.
      Hear him not; call on the names of William, Justine, Clerval, Elizabeth, my father, and of the wretched Victor, and thrust your sword into his heart. I will hover near and direct the steel aright.

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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