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  1. thorough; absolute; out-and-out: a downright falsehood.
  2. frankly direct; straightforward: a downright person.
  3. Archaic. directed straight downward: a downright blow.
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  1. completely or thoroughly: I'm not just upset—I'm downright angry.
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Origin of downright

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at down1, right
Related formsdown·right·ly, adverbdown·right·ness, noun


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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


  1. frank or straightforward; bluntdownright speech
  2. archaic directed or pointing straight down
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adverb, adjective (prenominal)
  1. (intensifier)a downright certainty; downright rude
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Derived Formsdownrightly, adverbdownrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for downright


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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