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downright

[doun-rahyt] /ˈdaʊnˌraɪt/
adjective
1.
thorough; absolute; out-and-out:
a downright falsehood.
2.
frankly direct; straightforward:
a downright person.
3.
Archaic. directed straight downward:
a downright blow.
adverb
4.
completely or thoroughly:
I'm not just upset—I'm downright angry.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see down1, right
Related forms
downrightly, adverb
downrightness, noun
Synonyms
2. candid, forthright, open, frank, blunt.
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British Dictionary definitions for down right

downright

/ˈdaʊnˌraɪt/
adjective
1.
frank or straightforward; blunt: downright speech
2.
(archaic) directed or pointing straight down
adverb, adjective (prenominal)
3.
(intensifier): a downright certainty, downright rude
Derived Forms
downrightly, adverb
downrightness, noun
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Word Origin and History for down right

downright

adv.

c.1200, "straight down," from down (adv.) + right (adj.1). Meaning "thoroughly" attested from c.1300. Old English had dunrihte "downwards," and inverted form right-down is attested 17c.

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