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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Some mimic a typical cold; others mirror the flu; and a few are just downright bizarre. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Covid-19 symptoms: What we know now and what to do," 10 July 2020 And as Gellhorn contends with pit latrines and tropical disease, the present trials of sheltering in place can sound downright cozy in comparison. Jen Rose Smith, Washington Post, "These epic travel disasters will take the edge off your wanderlust," 10 July 2020 But as Robert Reich recently pointed out, that's downright stingy compared to the profit-sharing schemes that were fairly common in Corporate America in the 1950s and '60s. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets surge ahead of today’s big jobs report," 2 July 2020 Next to Tiger King or Making a Murderer, a couple of the episodes feel downright boring. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Netflix's Unsolved Mysteries Is Nothing Like Tiger King—And That's a Good Thing," 1 July 2020 The book is as uplifting as its title suggests, and sections detailing the races are downright heart-pounding. Olive Fellows, The Christian Science Monitor, "Sports books that reveal character and grit," 29 June 2020 The Lodi ZinStar Zinfandel is brilliantly colored, alluring in berry perfume, and downright razory in its zesty acidity. Mike Dunne, SFChronicle.com, "Lucas is the winery that persuaded the Supreme Court to allow shipping wine across state lines," 15 June 2020 For far too long, many mainstream TV shows and movies have perpetuated racial stereotypes that can be hurtful, damaging and downright boring. Alex Darus, cleveland, "13 TV shows that break racial stereotypes," 6 July 2020 Its downfall could've been tied in part to greed — CNBC uncovers its hidden wine cave, beekeepers and botox treatments — but its industry is also just downright unprofitable. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Not to be alarmist, but is your house in a flood zone?," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There were apparent agreements, and threats and posturing and downright ugliness. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Baseball is back! Here's the good and bad for the Detroit Tigers," 23 June 2020 And perhaps more than any other type of fitness gear and apparel, footwear can be highly personal and downright polarizing. SELF, "Submission Guidelines for SELF’s 2020 Sneaker Awards," 7 July 2020 Then there are the more vibrant exotics, such as the luminous Morphos from South American, the blood-red glider butterflies of Central Africa and the downright psychedelic sunset moths of Madagascar. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Butterflies lives are short, but they can be preserved for decades in works of art," 30 June 2020 Anti-intellectualism may be defined as a skepticism of education that can range from mere indifference toward knowledge to a downright animosity toward experts. Mugambi Jouet, The New Republic, "The Trump Cult Is Loyal to an Ideology, Not the Man," 26 June 2020 His group has built online surveillance tools for tracking outbreaks of misinformation, disinformation, and downright conspiracies. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?," 15 June 2020 Ford’s decision to close meant sending home most of its 190,00 employees globally amid the uncertainty and downright scary health and economic conditions. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Bill Ford: 'This is my home. We stayed here when others were leaving.'," 13 June 2020 And even the downright mind-numbing may be excused... David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Staying Inside Guide: War Films of Quiet Heroism," 10 June 2020 Those howling about the libertarian affront (and/or bad optics) of masks, for example, might be holding minority or downright fringe beliefs. Whitney Phillips, Wired, "How to Avoid Spreading Misinformation About the Protests," 4 June 2020

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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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The first known use of downright was in the 13th century

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3 Aug 2020

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“Downright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downright. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for downright

downright

adverb
How to pronounce downright (audio)

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

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