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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.


  1. downright

    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.

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. Jeb Bush:

    What Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City. That is not public purpose. That is downright wrong.

  2. Ashton Morris:

    I beleive that every female should be a downright dirty slut- for her man. ONLY for her man.

  3. Archie Parnell:

    These actions were inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing, since then, my life has been changed by a remarkable woman, two amazing daughters, a forgiving God and a career that has taught me to cherish what I have.

  4. Muriel Bowser:

    Arguing that Washingtonians must remain disenfranchised to protect the interests of the federal government is dangerous, outdated and downright insulting.

  5. Scott Wilson:

    I think it is downright dangerous and above and beyond what is constitutionally acceptable.

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