[ US /ˈdaʊnˌɹaɪt/ ]
[ UK /dˈa‍ʊnɹa‍ɪt/ ]
  1. thoroughgoing
    he is outright dishonest
  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
    sheer stupidity
    a downright lie
    got the job through sheer persistence
    out-and-out mayhem
    many right-down vices
    a rank outsider
    absolute freedom
    an absolute dimwit
    an out-and-out lie
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How To Use downright In A Sentence

  • What caught my eye about this is that it bears interesting relation to Bakhtin's concept of the dialogism of the "living word" -- in fact, capitalize that "w" and it would be downright eerie. Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning...
  • There was suspicion and even downright hatred between them.
  • A group of enthusiastic young inventors have seen their practical, bold and downright wacky ideas come to life, thanks to an inspiring project. Times, Sunday Times
  • 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. Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion
  • DOES anyone share my disenchantment with a culture that seems to be growing of downright rudeness in business dealings? The Sun
  • In fact, they are downright ugly. Times, Sunday Times
  • When the cup of human life is so overflowing with woe and pain and misery, it seems to me a narrow dilettanteism or downright charlatanism to devote one's self to petty or bizarre problems which can have no relation to human happiness, and to prate of self-satisfaction and self-expression. Woman Her Sex and Love Life
  • Shooting far, really far, in the mountains at inanimate targets with safe backstops is challenging and downright fascinating, even to the most practiced rifleman.
  • Indeed, this is one retelling of the classic children's story that feels inert, unappetizing, and downright revolting.
  • And, unpalatable - or even downright outrageous - though it may seem, we will, eventually, have to start listening.
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