downright

adverb
down·​right | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌrīt How to pronounce downright (audio) \

Definition of downright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : straight down
2 : absolutely sense 1a downright handsome downright mean
3 obsolete : forthright

downright

adjective

Definition of downright (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : directed vertically downward
2 : outright, thorough a downright lie
3 : plain, blunt stories he had heard of her downright tongue— Angus Wilson

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Other Words from downright

Adjective

downrightly adverb
downrightness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downright

Synonyms: Adjective

abrupt, bluff, blunt, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, short, short-spoken, snippy, unceremonious

Antonyms: Adjective

circuitous, mealymouthed

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Examples of downright in a Sentence

Adverb

The movie was downright stupid. It's very difficult, if not downright impossible.

Adjective

rural folks are often known for their downright speech, as they are generally not ones to beat around the bush that's a downright lie, and you know it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay may be insanely intense and downright terrifying in front of the cameras. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'MasterChef' Star Gordon Ramsay and His Wife Tana Have Endured a Lot Together," 19 Apr. 2019 The art is cute, the descriptions witty and funny, and the sound effects are downright silly. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Mobile games like Hidden Folks are perfect for the Switch," 31 Oct. 2018 These three women have made some of my life’s messiest moments look downright magical. Lauren Smith Brody, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Invisible Nannies of Instagram," 17 Apr. 2019 Compared to these concoctions a foundation made of lead, called ceruse, must have seemed downright tame. Serah-marie Mcmahon, Teen Vogue, "This New Book Is All About the Dark (And Sometimes Bloody) History of Fashion," 12 Apr. 2019 At least at a rally, the President did say that only 75 percent of journalists are downright dishonest. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018 In fact, Dudamel's propulsive performance, accenting the positive as well as the accents, proved preparation for the downright spectacular Schumann to follow. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Dudamel untangles the strangeness of Schumann's symphonies," 29 May 2018 If the views weren’t enough, the people-watching on the Potomac was downright spectacular. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "A cruise back in time on the ‘Floating White House’," 25 Apr. 2018 If western Russia is rural, then the eastern Russia near where the fireball exploded is downright deserted. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Meteor Hit Earth With the Force of a Nuclear Bomb and We Hardly Even Noticed," 18 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This holds especially true for the tale of Benedict Wells, the 34-year-old German wunderkind who survived a downright Dickensian childhood before emerging as a cultural sensation in his native country. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 This onslaught of coverage comes with its downsides, though, like rumors that range from mildly annoying to downright offensive. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Conspiracy Theories So Ridiculous You Have to Laugh," 18 July 2018 Then there is the downright weirdness of the state’s Republican leadership. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 The effort is downright Trumpian – a billionaire with strong views, a blunt message, and a taste for big rallies and engaging with voters. Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, "A campaign for impeachment that’s downright Trumpian," 13 June 2018 The sequence is thrilling, but a scene that somewhat mirrors it in the sequel is downright eye-popping. Mekado Murphy, New York Times, "How ‘The Incredibles’ Got an Upgrade," 13 June 2018 These weddings have run from low-key to downright hole-in-corner affairs. Patt Morrison, latimes.com, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 Every so often there come certain songs with messaging that is downright tone-deaf, which does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Rita Ora Responds to 'Girls' Backlash: 'I Have Had Romantic Relationships with Women and Men'," 14 May 2018 The average high temperature for May in London is 18˚ C (64˚ F), so this past week has felt downright summer-like. Brandon Miller, CNN, "Royal wedding weather: an early look at the forecast," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of downright

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for downright

downright

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of downright

: to the fullest degree : completely or totally

downright

adverb
down·​right | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌrīt How to pronounce downright (audio) \

Kids Definition of downright

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: really sense 2, very That was downright stupid.

downright

adjective

Kids Definition of downright (Entry 2 of 2)

: outright entry 2 sense 1, absolute a downright lie

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