going straight to the point; frank; direct; outspoken: It's sometimes difficult to be forthright and not give offense.
proceeding in a straight course; direct; straightforward: a forthright glance.
straight or directly forward; in a direct or straightforward manner: He told us forthright just what his objections were.
straightaway; at once; immediately: He saw forthright that such an action was folly.
Archaic. a straight course or path.
- forthrightness, noun
- un·forth·right, adjective
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How to use forthright in a sentence
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Biles was forthright about the toll her sport had taken on her.
The goal is to make some quick money dancing at strip clubs, which seems forthright enough.Zola Is a Wild Road Trip Movie That Works Against All Odds | Stephanie Zacharek | June 25, 2021 | Time
Instead, it combines a forthright declaration of the facts about what the candidate actually supports on policing with a refusal to retreat on discussing systemic racism.An ugly new GOP attack line is prompting a useful rethink among Democrats | Greg Sargent | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
They are being much less forthright, though, when it comes to asking users for their consent and presenting transparent information.Third-party cookie replacements fall short of consent and transparency promises | Kate Kaye | March 22, 2021 | Digiday
You would like to think McDermott, who has shown remorse and been more forthright than most of his peers would be, truly did make what he called “an awful mistake.”The difference between a plantation and college sports: A plantation didn’t pretend | Jerry Brewer | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Well, McConnell made Romney look like an ironman of forthright constancy.
If anything, that seemed to encourage him to be even more forthright on Twitter.British Politician Threatens To Punch Muslim Woman in the Throat | Nico Hines | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nobody else was as forthright with me about this touchy topic.
But, he said with a grimace, “I do judge by my meetings with people how forthright they are.”
It is customary for political campaigns to keep their most forthright views in-house.Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down? | Nico Hines | April 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet he often wrote with a forthright power, naked and unadorned, which could dispense with the aid of literary artifices.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh | George W. Foote
Then the guards 434 entered and told the Sultan, who bade bring them before him forthright into the Divan.Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp | John Payne
When it did, he pulled up short in his stride, as if he had come physically against some forthright obstruction.The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
But when his hand touched that upon which his head had been resting he cried out suddenly and struggled forthright to his feet.The Island of Enchantment | Justus Miles Forman
Any article I may put to its forthright use in actuality becomes an idyllic toy when I find it in the Back of a magazine.I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
British Dictionary definitions for forthright
direct and outspoken
in a direct manner; frankly
- forthrightness, noun
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