Origin and Etymology of forthright
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of forthright
- a forthright critic
- was forthright in appraising the problem
- forthright furniture
Examples of forthright in a Sentence
she sometimes was a little too forthright for her own good and ended up saying things that inadvertently offended people
I appreciate your forthright explanation of the situation.
Recent Examples of forthright from the Web
The government’s refusal to be fully transparent and forthright has contributed to a climate in which few citizens trust institutions.
But David Gergen, an adviser to presidents of both parties, said such forthright criticism of a President from within his own party was unprecedented.
Along with coming clean about his passion for poetry, Henry has been forthright on his Facebook page with concerns about the current political and social climate.
Students on campus say they were told the incident was between roommates but added the school wasn’t being forthright about the racial climate on campus at Canisius College.
Cassey's former silence is surprising, because she's long been forthright about topics as personal as her body insecurities and internet bullying.
Skerritt, meanwhile, has one of his richest roles in years as their emotionally cutoff father; and Emily Lloyd provides another memorable performance as the life-loving, forthright young woman who captures Sheffer’s fancy.
George Clooney’s Suburbicon, which had a rocky debut at TIFF, tries a more forthright approach, marrying a script about suburban crime shenanigans written by the Coen brothers in the 1980s with a real-life story.
Starr was even more forthright, accusing an overwhelmingly anti-Brexit U.K. establishment of foot-dragging.
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First Known Use of forthright
before 12th century
Synonymscandid, direct, forthcoming, frank, foursquare, freehearted, free-spoken, honest, open, openhearted, out-front, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, straight, straightforward, unguarded, unreserved, up-front
Antonymsdissembling, uncandid, unforthcoming
Related Wordsartless, earnest, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), natural, real, sincere, unaffected, undesigning, unpretending, unpretentious; outgoing, uninhibited, unrestrained; vocal, vociferous; abrupt, bluff, blunt, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, gruff, sharp; impertinent, impolite, inconsiderate, rude, tactless, thoughtless, uncivil, undiplomatic, ungracious, unmannerly, unsubtle
Near Antonymsinhibited, reserved, restrained; close-mouthed, laconic, quiet, reticent, taciturn, tight-lipped, uncommunicative; ambiguous, circuitous, equivocal, evasive; diplomatic, politic, tactful; civil, considerate, courteous, polite
First Known Use of forthright
FORTHRIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forthright for English Language Learners
: honest and direct : providing answers or information in a very clear and direct way
FORTHRIGHT Defined for Kids
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