American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Thoroughgoing; unequivocal: a downright lie.
- adj. Forthright; candid.
- adv. Thoroughly; absolutely.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Right down; straight down; perpendicularly.
- In plain terms; without ceremony or circumlocution.
- Completely; thoroughly; utterly: as, he is downright mad.
- Forthwith; without delay; at once.
- 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.
- n. One of the lower qualities or sorts of a fleece of wool.
- adj. Directed vertically; coming straight down.
- adj. Directly to the point; plain; unambiguous; unevasive.
- adj. Using plain direct language; accustomed to express opinions directly and bluntly; blunt.
- adj. Complete; absolute; utter.
- adv. Really; actually; quite; thoroughly; utterly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Straight down; perpendicularly.
- adv. In plain terms; without ceremony.
- adv. obsolete Without delay; at once; completely.
- adj. Plain; direct; forthright; unceremonious; blunt; positive.
- adj. Open; artless; undisguised; absolute; unmixed.
- adv. thoroughgoing.
- adj. characterized by plain blunt honesty
- adj. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
- From Middle English, equivalent to down- + right. (Wiktionary)
“Dat's what I calls downright robbery, Kun'l," he exclaimed, highly incensed.”
“Even when I introduced them in the most delicate way, he was what I call downright rude.”
“Men are better judges of that than women; but for high, chivalrous spirit, for true principle and nobility, and what I call downright worth, I don't think you will easily find her superior.”
“It's what I call downright Radical nonsense," said Mrs. Low, nodding her head energetically.”
“It's what I call downright Radical nonsense," said Mrs Low, nodding her head energetically.”
“In resubmitting the legislation for renewal of what many consider the most controversial provisions -- and some label downright unconstitutional provisions -- within the Patriot Act, the Republican Rules Committee decided to allow only 60 minutes of debate.”
“A lull; "You let that child alone!" child, evidently of few years, screaming in downright terror.”
“But lets face the facts when it comes to the actual execution of it he downright is nothing short of a failure.”
“Sometimes this happens in downright disturbing ways, like a villain of The Incredibles (spoiler) getting sucked into a plane-engine.”
“And more Marylanders than ever before think the state's economy is not doing well or is in downright poor condition (59 percent).”
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