Downrightness
Downright Down"right`, a. 1. Plain; direct; forthright; unceremonious; blunt; positive; as, he spoke in his downright way. [1913 Webster]

A man of plain, downright character. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. Open; artless; undisguised; absolute; unmixed; as, downright atheism.

Syn: honest-to-goodness. [1913 Webster]

The downright impossibilities charged upon it. --South. [1913 Webster]

Gloomy fancies which in her amounted to downright insanity. --Prescott. -- {Down"right`ly}, adv. -- {Down"right`ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • downrightness — noun see downright II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • downrightness — noun The personal quality of being straightforward and direct in ones manner …   Wiktionary

  • downrightness — down·right·ness …   English syllables

  • downrightness — noun the quality of being direct and straightforward what some people take for rudeness is really straightforwardness • Syn: ↑straightforwardness • Derivationally related forms: ↑straightforward (for: ↑straightforwardness), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • straightforwardness — noun 1. the quality of being direct and straightforward what some people take for rudeness is really straightforwardness • Syn: ↑downrightness • Derivationally related forms: ↑straightforward, ↑downright (for: ↑downrightness …   Useful english dictionary

  • downright — I. adverb Date: 13th century 1. archaic straight down 2. absolutely 1 < downright handsome > < downright mean > 3. obsolete forthright II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • downright — downrightly, adv. downrightness, n. /down ruyt /, adj. 1. thorough; absolute; out and out: a downright falsehood. 2. frankly direct; straightforward: a downright person. 3. Archaic. directed straight downward: a downright blow. adv. 4. completely …   Universalium

  • downright — adjective 1》 utter; complete: it s a downright disgrace. 2》 forthright; blunt. adverb to an extreme degree; thoroughly: he was downright rude. Derivatives downrightness noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • frank — adj Frank, candid, open, plain are comparable when they mean showing in speech, looks, and manners the willingness to tell what one feels or thinks. Frank stresses lack of reserve or of reticence in the expression of one s thoughts or feelings;… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • candor — n 1. frankness, forthrightness, straightforwardness, candidness, calling a spade a spade, Sl. telling it like it is; plain speaking, plain spokenness, downrightness, outrightness, explicitness, unequivo calness; outspokenness, freeness, free… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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