Definition of downright in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌrīt/


1 [attributive] (Of something bad or unpleasant) utter; complete (used for emphasis): it’s a downright disgrace
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  • 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.
2(Of a person’s manner or behavior) straightforward; so direct as to be blunt: her common sense and downright attitude to life surprised him
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  • 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.


[as submodifier]
To an extreme degree; thoroughly: he was downright rude
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌrītnəs/
Example sentences
  • The energy in this slam, the angry downrightness, the whiplash cut of the humor and its qualification of the bitterness, are pure Powell.
  • Compare this Victorian view with the downrightness of him, writing in 1968.

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Syllabification: down·right

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