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downright

[doun-rahyt] /ˈdaʊnˌraɪt/
adjective
1.
thorough; absolute; out-and-out:
a downright falsehood.
2.
frankly direct; straightforward:
a downright person.
3.
Archaic. directed straight downward:
a downright blow.
adverb
4.
completely or thoroughly:
I'm not just upset—I'm downright angry.
Origin of downright
1175-1225
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at down1, right
Related forms
downrightly, adverb
downrightness, noun
Synonyms
2. candid, forthright, open, frank, blunt.
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  • Phim sticks to it, too; tells me my peg is downright encouragement to the bacteria.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Life here is laborious, but downright want I should say rare.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • We stumbled into the household at a crisis, and there was a deal of downright humanity in that same.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • For my part, I call that downright countenancing of iniquity.

  • As a rule the downright, headstrong, and impatient became reformers.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
British Dictionary definitions for downright

downright

/ˈdaʊnˌraɪt/
adjective
1.
frank or straightforward; blunt: downright speech
2.
(archaic) directed or pointing straight down
adverb, adjective (prenominal)
3.
(intensifier): a downright certainty, downright rude
Derived Forms
downrightly, adverb
downrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downright
adv.

c.1200, "straight down," from down (adv.) + right (adj.1). Meaning "thoroughly" attested from c.1300. Old English had dunrihte "downwards," and inverted form right-down is attested 17c.

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