Definition of Downright

1. Adjective. Characterized by plain blunt honesty. "A downright kind of person"

Similar to: Honest, Honorable
Derivative terms: Downrightness



2. Adverb. Thoroughgoing. "He is outright dishonest"
Language type: Intensifier, Intensive

3. Adjective. Complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers. "Sheer stupidity"
Exact synonyms: Absolute, Out-and-out, Rank, Right-down, Sheer
Similar to: Complete
Derivative terms: Absoluteness

Definition of Downright

1. adv. Straight down; perpendicularly.

2. a. Plain; direct; unceremonious; blunt; positive; as, he spoke in his downright way.

Definition of Downright

1. Adjective. Directed vertically; coming straight down. ¹

2. Adjective. Directly to the point; plain; unambiguous; unevasive. ¹

3. Adjective. Using plain direct language; accustomed to express opinions directly and bluntly; blunt. ¹

4. Adjective. Complete; absolute; utter. ¹

5. Adverb. Really; actually; quite; thoroughly; utterly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Downright

1. [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Downright

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downregulate
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downregulates
downregulating
downregulation
downregulations
downright (current term)
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downriver
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downsampling
downsamplings
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Literary usage of Downright

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1. An apology for the Bible, in a series of letters addressed to T. Paine by Richard Watson (1808)
"of stories, fables, traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies."—What! is it a story then, that the world had a beginning, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"This classical animal, which has given rise to more misunderstanding and downright prevarication than perhaps any other animal, is shown to be, ..."

3. Publications by Oxford Historical Society (1907)
"But I was well inform'd that he is a1 downright dissembling Hypocrite, that he is a Presbyterian, and often preaches or holds forth to those demure People. ..."

4. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler, Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1916)
"... be about one and nine pence, which was just too much for him to rank among the downright bad boys, but too little to put him among the good ones. ..."

5. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1764)
"... why all attempts to render the Comedies of the Antients into downright profe, muft prove, as they ever have proved, ..."

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