Definition of downright in English:

downright

adjective

  • 1attributive (of something bad or unpleasant) utter; complete (used for emphasis)

    ‘it's a downright disgrace’
    • ‘But there appears to have been a sudden change of heart by the tax authorities, chucking the whole process into doubt, delay and downright despair.’
    • ‘There are good solutions, okay solutions and downright very bad ones.’
    • ‘There are many obscure and dubious mathematical assertions, as well as downright errors.’
    • ‘First, this is a repertoire book, but there are key parts of the repertoire that are drawish at best and a downright forced draw at worst.’
    • ‘One panel of figures alone gives cause for concern, if not downright alarm.’
    • ‘November 5 may still be more than three weeks away but already the nuisance, fear and downright danger caused by the firework season is in full swing.’
    • ‘Beyond that, there lurk the problems of a slender majority, vulnerable to prima donnas, by-elections and downright blackmailers.’
    • ‘No other night of the year manages the unique combination of misery, discomfort, expense and sheer downright unpleasantness.’
    • ‘There's a fine line between risqué humour and downright bad taste.’
    • ‘It was downright bad marking that allowed Dermot Shields head past Larkin from six yards for the lead goal.’
    • ‘I too am one of your ilk, and I know the pain, suffering, stress, frustration and downright anger that comes from driving in this place.’
    • ‘His documents portrayed evidence of downright fraud, as well as real estate law violations.’
    • ‘In view of above-mentioned I feel the recount was pure nonsense and downright contempt of our democracy.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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  • 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’
    • ‘But there's a storm of angst brewing in the pit of my stomach and I'm not sure whether its frustration or downright sadness.’
    • ‘In the North, there have been cases where the enthusiasm of activists has turned to downright intimidation of workers from other parties.’
    • ‘The rest of them ranged from disquieting to downright whacko.’
    • ‘Is there any hint of extremism, intransigence, or just downright hostility in your attitude to certain brands?’
    • ‘It is hard to move in Edinburgh at this time of year without some corporate acting in a manner that can only be described as downright socially responsible.’
    • ‘What I enjoyed about Sweetline the most was their downright honesty.’
    • ‘I have worked with young Bulgarians throughout my six years in this country, and his attitude is a downright insult to them.’
    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
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adverb

  • as submodifier To an extreme degree; thoroughly.

    ‘he was downright rude’
    • ‘When I interviewed him by telephone a few years ago, he sounded not simply shy or stroppy but downright unhappy.’
    • ‘In plain English, smoking looks bad, smells bad, and is just downright bad for you.’
    • ‘Even if I just knew I was going to say something completely bizarre or downright weird.’
    • ‘Most of all, the book felt extremely overwritten and her abstract prose style was downright tiresome.’
    • ‘When did our leaders become so gauche, impolite, rude and downright insensitive?’
    • ‘I nodded reluctantly, despite being thoroughly annoyed and downright insulted at such an accusation.’
    • ‘But this one is just downright wrong in the total impression it tries to create.’
    • ‘In fact, I think it'd be a downright brilliant idea if done properly.’
    • ‘When is the film-making process simply downright exploitative?’
    • ‘I know that many in the tabloid media can be downright nasty and unpleasant, but I didn't think this would happen!’
    • ‘When we walked back out to the dock, the 35 degrees felt downright comfortable.’
    • ‘Yes, there are lots of things that we find unpleasant or downright offensive - but what is the best way of controlling this?’
    • ‘I find this extremely unprofessional, not to mention downright rude.’
    • ‘Members of our government were downright corrupt, crooked and utter hypocrites.’
    • ‘As with most new developments, the effects are a mixture of the good, the not so good and the downright bad.’
    • ‘The massive cleanup in New Orleans includes some unpleasant, some might say downright disgusting, jobs.’
    • ‘Some are necessary and some are not, some are proper and some are not, some are downright evil.’
    • ‘The burgers - they boast about using Harris beef - were downright bad.’
    • ‘Besides being extremely affected by his ex-wife, he was downright angry at his female companion.’
    • ‘It's brief, pithy and to the point - but it's also downright ugly and rude, so I don't condone it.’
    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
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Pronunciation

downright

/ˈdounˌrīt//ˈdaʊnˌraɪt/