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Definition of Downright


  1. Straight down; perpendicularly.
  2. In plain terms; without ceremony.
  3. Without delay; at once; completely.
  4. Plain; direct; unceremonious; blunt; positive; as, he spoke in his downright way.
  5. Open; artless; undisguised; absolute; unmixed; as, downright atheism.

Downright Quotations

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
John Adams

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
Patrick Henry

The downright fanatic is nearer to the heart of things than the cool and slippery disputant.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin

In the main, ghosts are said to be forlorn and generally miserable, if not downright depressed. The jolly ghost is rare.
Dick Cavett
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Downright Translations

downright in German is absolut, rechts unten
downright in Swedish is fullkomligt
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