- 1 [attributive] (Of something bad or unpleasant) utter; complete (used for emphasis): it’s a downright disgraceMore example sentences
complete, total, absolute, utter, thorough, perfect, out-and-out, outright, thoroughgoing, all-out, sheer, positive, rank, pure, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-dyed, real, veritable, consummate, categorical, unmitigated, unqualified, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unequivocal• archaic arrant
- No other night of the year manages the unique combination of misery, discomfort, expense and sheer downright unpleasantness.
- Each result was not only an embarrassment, but a downright disgrace.
- Trucks pump out far too much pollution and the buses where I live are a downright disgrace.
- 2So direct in manner as to be blunt: her common sense and downright attitude to life surprised himMore example sentences
frank, direct, straightforward, straight, straight to the point, blunt, plain-spoken, outspoken, forthright, uninhibited, unreserved, point blank, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact, bluff, undiplomatic, tactless; explicit, clear, plain, unequivocal, unambiguous, unqualified, categorical; honest, candid, open, sincere; not afraid to call a spade a spade, no beating around the bush, speaking as one finds
- I have worked with young Bulgarians throughout my six years in this country, and his attitude is a downright insult to them.
- Is there any hint of extremism, intransigence, or just downright hostility in your attitude to certain brands?
- What I enjoyed about Sweetline the most was their downright honesty.
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- To an extreme degree; thoroughly: he was downright rudeMore example sentences
thoroughly, utterly, positively, simply, profoundly, really, absolutely, completely, totally, entirely, perfectly, properly, consummately, surpassingly, unconditionally, unreservedly, categorically, incontrovertibly, unquestionably, undeniably, in every respect, through and through, outright
- When we walked back out to the dock, the 35 degrees felt downright comfortable.
- I find this extremely unprofessional, not to mention downright rude.
- It's brief, pithy and to the point - but it's also downright ugly and rude, so I don't condone it.