downright

  • 1Downright — 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 …

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  • 2Downright — Down right , adv. 1. Straight down; perpendicularly. [1913 Webster] 2. In plain terms; without ceremony. [1913 Webster] We shall chide downright, if I longer stay. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Without delay; at once; completely. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]… …

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  • 3downright — [doun′rīt΄] adv. [ME doun riht: see DOWN1 & RIGHT] 1. thoroughly; utterly 2. Archaic straight down adj. 1. absolute; thoroughgoing [a downright insult] 2. s …

    English World dictionary

  • 4downright — index absolute (complete), clear (apparent), honest, ingenuous, outright, purely (positively) …

    Law dictionary

  • 5downright — 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

  • 6downright — 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

  • 7downright — [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,… …

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  • 8downright — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ utter; complete. ► ADVERB ▪ to an extreme degree; thoroughly …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9downright — [[t]da͟ʊnraɪt[/t]] ADV: ADV adj (emphasis) You use downright to emphasize unpleasant or bad qualities or behaviour. ...ideas that would have been downright dangerous if put into practice... She was often downright rude to him. Syn: out and out… …

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  • 10downright — I. adverb Date: 13th century 1. archaic straight down 2. absolutely 1 < downright handsome > < downright mean > 3. obsolete forthright II …

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  • 11downright — 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

  • 12downright — down|right [ˈdaunraıt] adv [+ adjective/adverb] used to emphasize that something is completely bad or untrue ▪ Jed s just downright lazy. ▪ It s downright disgusting! &GT;downright adj [only before noun] ▪ That s a downright lie! …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13downright — down|right1 [ daun,raıt ] adverb INFORMAL completely or extremely: used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is: She was downright rude! downright down|right 2 [ daun,raıt ] adjective INFORMAL complete: used for emphasizing how bad&#8230; …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14downright — 1. adjective 1) downright lies Syn: complete, total, absolute, utter, thorough, out and out, outright, sheer, arrant, pure, real, veritable, categorical, unmitigated, unadulterated, unalloyed, unequivocal …

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  • 15downright — adj. & adv. adj. 1 plain, definite, straightforward, blunt. 2 utter, complete (a downright lie; downright nonsense). adv. thoroughly, completely, positively (downright rude). Derivatives: downrightness n …

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  • 16downright — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. Downright is used with these nouns: ↑hostility, ↑lie {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} adv. Downright is used with these adjectives: ↑bizarre, ↑boring, ↑creepy, ↑dangerous, ↑dishonest, ↑eerie, ↑ …

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  • 17downright — 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

  • 18downright — 1 adjective (only before noun) used to emphasize that someone or something is completely bad, false, or unpleasant: That s a downright lie! 2 adverb (+ adj/adv) used to emphasize that someone or something is completely bad, untrue, unpleasant etc …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19downright — 1. adjective downright lies Syn: complete, total, absolute, utter, thorough, out and out, outright, sheer, arrant, pure 2. adverb that s downright dangerous Syn: thoroughly, utterly, positively …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20downright — I UK [ˈdaʊnˌraɪt] / US adverb informal completely or extremely: used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is She was downright rude! II UK [ˈdaʊnˌraɪt] / US adjective informal complete: used for emphasizing how bad something is It was a&#8230; …

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