I. adverb Date: 13th century 1. archaic straight down 2. absolutely 1 <
downright handsome
downright mean
3. obsolete forthright II. adjective Date: 1530 1. archaic directed vertically downward 2. outright, thorough <
a downright lie
3. plain, blunt <
stories he had heard of her downright tongue — Angus Wilson
downrightly adverbdownrightness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • downright — c.1200, “straight down,” from DOWN (Cf. down) (adv.) + RIGHT (Cf. right) (adj.1). Meaning “thoroughly” attested from c.1300. O.E. had dunrihte downwards …   Etymology dictionary

  • downright — adj also adv *forthright Analogous words: blunt, *bluff, brusque, curt: candid, plain, open, *frank: *straightforward, aboveboard Contrasted words: devious, oblique, *crooked …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • downright — [adj] thorough, absolute blatant, blunt, categorical, certain, clear, complete, damned, explicit, flat, gross, honest, indubitable, open, out and out, outright, plain, positive, simple, sincere, straight, straightforward, sure, thoroughgoing,… …   New thesaurus

  • downright — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ utter; complete. ► ADVERB ▪ to an extreme degree; thoroughly …   English terms dictionary

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  • 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

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