- thorough; absolute; out-and-out: a downright falsehood.
- frankly direct; straightforward: a downright person.
- Archaic. directed straight downward: a downright blow.
- completely or thoroughly: I'm not just upset—I'm downright angry.
Origin of downright
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2. candid, forthright, open, frank, blunt.
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Examples from the Web for downright
The industry lore is downright jaw-dropping in the details of the cons known as “brick-in-box” returns.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
In fact, during visits like these, the parents are often downright apologetic about it.The Doctor’s Note Must Die!
September 16, 2014
The typically fresh-faced, photogenic 31-year-old actor is sporting a bushy, unkempt, downright Biblical-looking beard.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’
September 10, 2014
Persecuted is a ludicrously mushy political thriller, but the fact that it can find an audience is downright terrifying.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream
July 22, 2014
The book is sincere, dirty (but not in an excessive way), and downright hilarious.A New Huck on the Hardcore LGBT Hudson
June 11, 2014
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
We stumbled into the household at a crisis, and there was a deal of downright humanity in that same.American Notes
For my part, I call that downright countenancing of iniquity.Hetty's Strange History
As a rule the downright, headstrong, and impatient became reformers.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- frank or straightforward; bluntdownright speech
- archaic directed or pointing straight down
- (intensifier)a downright certainty; downright rude
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Word Origin and History for downright
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