Definitions for downright
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characterized by plain blunt honesty
"a downright answer"; "a downright kind of person"
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"
"he is outright dishonest"
Really; actually; quite; thoroughly; utterly.
He wasn't just cool to me, he was downright rude.
Directed vertically; coming straight down.
Directly to the point; plain; unambiguous; unevasive.
Using plain direct language; accustomed to express opinions directly and bluntly; blunt.
Complete; absolute; utter.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
Etymology: down and right.
A giant’s slain in sight,
Or mow’d o’erthwart, or cleft downright. Hudibras, p. i.
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.
Downright is an adverb used to emphasize the truth or reality of a situation, often used to describe something in an extreme or absolute way. For example, when something is 'downright amazing', it is exceptionally good or impressive. It can also mean directly or straightforwardly.
straight down; perpendicularly
in plain terms; without ceremony
without delay; at once; completely
plain; direct; unceremonious; blunt; positive; as, he spoke in his downright way
open; artless; undisguised; absolute; unmixed; as, downright atheism
The numerical value of downright in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of downright in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
There are real questions to be asked if there is no action taken, particularly for the results taken post-2009, some of the values in these athletes were so extreme that they were downright dangerous and the risks to their health were indisputable.
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in education these days arises, not from defects in the students,teachers or schools, not from want of equipment or technology, but from the downright ignorance of the nature of honor, virtue and kindness. Sound education... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection of childhood, on unselfish performance of teachers and on accountability and reliability.
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.
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 ruined.
I think it is downright dangerous and above and beyond what is constitutionally acceptable.
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