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Princeton's WordNet

  1. downrightadjective

    characterized by plain blunt honesty

    "a downright answer"; "a downright kind of person"

  2. absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)adverb

    complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

    "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity"

  3. downrightadverb


    "he is outright dishonest"


  1. downrightadverb

    Really; actually; quite; thoroughly; utterly.

    He wasn't just cool to me, he was downright rude.

  2. downrightadjective

    Directed vertically; coming straight down.

  3. downrightadjective

    Directly to the point; plain; unambiguous; unevasive.

  4. downrightadjective

    Using plain direct language; accustomed to express opinions directly and bluntly; blunt.

  5. downrightadjective

    Complete; absolute; utter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Downrightadjective

    An admonition from a dead author, or a caveat from an impartial pen, will prevail more than a downright advice, which may be mistaken as spoken magisterially. Francis Bacon.

    It is downright madness to strike where we have no power to hurt. Roger L'Estrange, Fab. 44.

    Religion seems not in danger from downright atheism, since rational men must reject that for want of proof. John Rogers, Serm.

    The merchant’s wife, who abounds in plenty, is not to have downright money; but the mercenary part of her mind is engaged with a present of plate. Spectator, №. 266.

    I would rather have a plain downright wisdom, than a foolish and affected eloquence. Ben Jonson, Discoveries.

    When it came to the count to speak, old fact so stared him in the face, after his plain downright way, that the count was struck dumb. Joseph Addison, Count Tariff.

    The idolatry was direct and downright in the people, whose credulity is illimitable. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 4.

  2. Downrightadverb

    Etymology: down and right.

    A giant’s slain in sight,
    Or mow’d o’erthwart, or cleft downright. Hudibras, p. i.

    Elves away;
    We shall chide downright, if I longer stay. William Shakespeare.

    This paper put Mrs. Bull in such a passion, that she fell downright into a fit. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Downrightadverb

    straight down; perpendicularly

  2. Downrightadverb

    in plain terms; without ceremony

  3. Downrightadverb

    without delay; at once; completely

  4. Downrightadjective

    plain; direct; unceremonious; blunt; positive; as, he spoke in his downright way

  5. Downrightadjective

    open; artless; undisguised; absolute; unmixed; as, downright atheism

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of downright in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of downright in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of downright in a Sentence

  1. Janos Lazar:

    For me as a voter it is downright irritating that a diplomat should come here and tell us how to live or how our voters should live.

  2. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron:

    When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation), sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning -- how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse.

  3. John Adams:

    Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society.

  4. Patrick Henry:

    Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

  5. Mark Twain:

    A verb has a hard enough time of it in this world when it is all together. It's downright inhuman to split it up. But that's what those Germans do. They take part of a verb and put it down here, like a stake, and they take the other part of it and put it a way over yonder like another stake, and between these two limits they just shovel in German.

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    • A. brilliant
    • B. victimised
    • C. hatched
    • D. whirring

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