Definition of downright in US English:

downright

adjective

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

    ‘it's a downright disgrace’
    • ‘Trucks pump out far too much pollution and the buses where I live are a downright disgrace.’
    • ‘There are good solutions, okay solutions and downright very bad ones.’
    • ‘There's a fine line between risqué humour and downright bad taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One panel of figures alone gives cause for concern, if not downright alarm.’
    • ‘No other night of the year manages the unique combination of misery, discomfort, expense and sheer downright unpleasantness.’
    • ‘Beyond that, there lurk the problems of a slender majority, vulnerable to prima donnas, by-elections and downright blackmailers.’
    • ‘It was downright bad marking that allowed Dermot Shields head past Larkin from six yards for the lead goal.’
    • ‘His documents portrayed evidence of downright fraud, as well as real estate law violations.’
    • ‘There are many obscure and dubious mathematical assertions, as well as downright errors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘What I enjoyed about Sweetline the most was their downright honesty.’
    • ‘The rest of them ranged from disquieting to downright whacko.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have worked with young Bulgarians throughout my six years in this country, and his attitude is a downright insult to them.’
    • ‘In the North, there have been cases where the enthusiasm of activists has turned to downright intimidation of workers from other parties.’
    • ‘Is there any hint of extremism, intransigence, or just downright hostility in your attitude to certain brands?’
    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’
    • ‘I know that many in the tabloid media can be downright nasty and unpleasant, but I didn't think this would happen!’
    • ‘Members of our government were downright corrupt, crooked and utter hypocrites.’
    • ‘Most of all, the book felt extremely overwritten and her abstract prose style was downright tiresome.’
    • ‘As with most new developments, the effects are a mixture of the good, the not so good and the downright bad.’
    • ‘In plain English, smoking looks bad, smells bad, and is just downright bad for you.’
    • ‘The massive cleanup in New Orleans includes some unpleasant, some might say downright disgusting, jobs.’
    • ‘It's brief, pithy and to the point - but it's also downright ugly and rude, so I don't condone it.’
    • ‘But this one is just downright wrong in the total impression it tries to create.’
    • ‘I nodded reluctantly, despite being thoroughly annoyed and downright insulted at such an accusation.’
    • ‘I find this extremely unprofessional, not to mention downright rude.’
    • ‘When we walked back out to the dock, the 35 degrees felt downright comfortable.’
    • ‘Besides being extremely affected by his ex-wife, he was downright angry at his female companion.’
    • ‘When did our leaders become so gauche, impolite, rude and downright insensitive?’
    • ‘In fact, I think it'd be a downright brilliant idea if done properly.’
    • ‘The burgers - they boast about using Harris beef - were downright bad.’
    • ‘Some are necessary and some are not, some are proper and some are not, some are downright evil.’
    • ‘When I interviewed him by telephone a few years ago, he sounded not simply shy or stroppy but downright unhappy.’
    • ‘Yes, there are lots of things that we find unpleasant or downright offensive - but what is the best way of controlling this?’
    • ‘When is the film-making process simply downright exploitative?’
    • ‘Even if I just knew I was going to say something completely bizarre or downright weird.’
    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

/ˈdaʊnˌraɪt//ˈdounˌrīt/