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downright (adv.)

c. 1200, "straight down, right down, perpendicularly," from down (adv.) + -right. The meaning "thoroughly, completely, utterly," often merely emphatic, is attested from c. 1300. As an adjective, "complete, absolute," from 1560s. Old English had dunrihte "downwards." The inverted form right-down is attested 17c.

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Definitions of downright
1
downright (adj.)
complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers;
a downright lie
Synonyms: absolute / out-and-out / rank / right-down / sheer
downright (adj.)
characterized by plain blunt honesty;
a downright kind of person
a downright answer
2
downright (adv.)
thoroughgoing;
From wordnet.princeton.edu