[adjective out-rahyt; adverb out-rahyt, -rahyt]
- complete or total: an outright loss.
- downright or unqualified: an outright refusal.
- without further payments due, restrictions, or qualifications: an outright sale of the car.
- Archaic. directed straight out or on.
- completely; entirely.
- without restraint, reserve, or concealment; openly: Tell me outright what's bothering you.
- at once; instantly: to be killed outright.
- without further payments due, restrictions, or qualifications: to own the house outright.
- Archaic. straight out or ahead; directly onward.
Origin of outright
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5. downright, utterly, altogether, thoroughly.
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Examples from the Web for outright
We must not interpret gains as an outright victory—nothing could be more dangerous.Millions Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up
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Fiquet has been largely overlooked, if not outright disdained, by critics and art historians.Sight Unseen: Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife
November 19, 2014
Inhofe is not just a climate-change denier; he is a warrior for corporate-funded half-truths and outright lies.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday
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But the fun of reading Lennon is in his outright refusal to conform to expectations.This Weeks Hot Reads: November 3, 2014
November 3, 2014
For years, young voters in America have been unenthusiastic about, if not outright hostile toward, the GOP.New Harvard Study Finds the Door to Millennial Vote Is Open to GOP
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October 30, 2014
Why don't you say outright that you want me to marry Mabel Lanfarne?The Eldest Son (Second Series Plays)
That thought has manned me and upheld me when anguish was near to slaying me outright.The Shame of Motley
I refused him outright, and of course, he couldn't believe it.We're Friends, Now
No wild hope of love would prevent him, now, from killing me outright.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
You do that because you daren't say outright you mean to have everything your own way.Red, White, Blue Socks. Part Second
Sarah L. Barrow
- without qualifications or limitationsoutright ownership
- complete; totalan outright lie
- straightforward; directan outright manner
- without restrictionsbuy outright
- without reservation or concealmentask outright
- instantlyhe was killed outright
- obsolete straight ahead or out
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Word Origin and History for outright
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