AskDefine | Define downright

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downright adj
1 characterized by plain blunt honesty; "a downright answer"; "a downright kind of person"
2 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" [syn: absolute, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)] adv : thoroughgoing; "he is outright dishonest"

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(US) IPA: /ˈdaʊnˌraɪt/


  1. Really; actually; quite; thoroughly; utterly.
    He wasn't just cool to me, he was downright rude.

Usage notes

"Downright" is used to intensify or emphasize the following adjective, which usually refers to some negative quality.


really; actually; quite; thoroughly; utterly

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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