down·​right | \ -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



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


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


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


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

These weird, wacky and downright funny gifts is sure to make your food-loving friend or family member smile on Christmas Day-- and for the rest of the year. 1. Fox News, "11 wacky non-edible gifts for foodies," 22 Dec. 2015 If Kendall’s neon moment was meant to evoke confidence, Kylie’s more-is-more take here is downright fearless. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "First Kendall, Now Kylie: The Jenners’s Obsession With Neon Green Continues," 18 Jan. 2019 Week Three: Post-Ovulation Feeling warm or even downright feverish? Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "A Month in the Life of Your Hormones," 27 May 2010 Going supersonic creates shock waves that cause sonic booms, and, yes, sonic booms over populated areas can be annoying or downright damaging. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 Some of the anime touches to these familiar personas are pretty great: Bane as a downright sumo champion; Robin picking up a monkey sidekick; the Joker sporting a green samurai hair bun. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 However, there’s a twist: Sabrina’s plan in this downright terrifying world is to crawl deeper into the clutches of the Dark Lord’s dominion while sussing out a way to remove his power and take him down. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 That makes sense since any kind of aching in your chest can be downright terrifying. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Your Chest Pain Physical or Mental?," 14 Nov. 2018 There are moments in The Haunting of Hill House that are downright terrifying, particularly if watched at home, alone, in a darkened house. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is like This Is Us wrapped in a gothic ghost story," 28 Sep. 2018

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,, "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,, "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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of downright

: to the fullest degree : completely or totally


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.



Kids Definition of downright (Entry 2 of 2)

: outright entry 2 sense 1, absolute a downright lie

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the range of authority or knowledge

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