They can be downright cantankerous.
The whole situation is downright bizarre.
She sounded downright happy.
Frankly, the idea of doubling their problems was downright frightening.
Well, you're downright skinny.
He made the audacious choice to tell me a downright lie.
Even downright slaves belonging to the state or to some great temple corporation were treated better and carefully distinguished from private slaves by the Greeks.
The magnitude of that what-if scenario was downright scary.
We did so although the driving was downright dangerous for the first fifty miles.
The morality of these is almost amusing in its downright positive character.
He settled the affair in his usual downright manner, telling the commissioners bluntly that they must take back their legitimate king, and refusing - perhaps with more questionable wisdom - to allow the retention of the tricolour flag,which to him was a "symbol of rebellion."
Some were downright dualists, and believed that there are two gods or principles, one of good and the other of evil, both eternal; but as a rule they subordinated the evil to the good.
Though averse at all times to taking up parliamentary reform, he thought all such projects downright crimes in the agitation of 1791-1792.
This one wasn't just pretty; she was downright gorgeous and carried herself with a sartorial elegance.
But while Struve, and to a less degree Plekhanov, were induced by this admission to seek an affiance with Liberal intellectuals in their struggle against Tsarism, Lenin (as he had taken to calling himself), together with Martov, Axelrod and other fiery spirits, forsook the Liberal platform and strove for a violent outbreak of a downright class war.
His action as trustee for the notorious Greek Loan in 1824 was at least not delicate, and was the ground of charges of downright dishonesty.
But his downright loyalty was incompatible with the spirit of concession and compromise which prevailed in the prince's council in 1649-1650, and he withdrew from active participation in the cause of royalism.
This "Palace language" appears to have come into existence from a desire to avoid the employment in the presence of royalty of downright expressions of vulgarity or of words which might be capable of conveying an unpleasant or indelicate idea other than the meaning intended.
That downright, gossiping German princess, the duchess of Orleans, cared little for the Maxims; but she was enraptured by their author, and his "ugly face, all skin and bone, though he laughed and talked quite unaffectedly and easily."
But in the ears of every pious Moslem such a judgment will sound almost as shocking as downright atheism or polytheism.
In the eyes of a Roman observer, however, even downright slavery was turned into serfdom by the force of circumstances.
This was due partly to a weariness of politics The which had come over the majority of French citizens, partly to downright intimidation exercised by the Assembly.
It sounds downright scary.
As for Fred, he was downright ecstatic about a baby in his adopted family—hang the underlying circumstances of the blessed event.
He was accused of something like downright forgery - that is to say, of altering a paper signed by Hirsch after he had signed it.
You do not believe this fact, nor that these are my real feelings; but that the whole is affected, or as you express it, downright foppery.
He alleged that he was beginning to have a horrible misgiving that his marriage with Catherine had been invalid, perhaps downright " incestuous.
The obligations of downright villeins became to that degree settled and regular that one of the ordinary designations of the class was custumarii.
But this interference of 15th-century chancellors paved the way towards one of the greatest revolutions in the law; without formally enfranchising villeins and villein tenure they created a legal basis for it in the law of the realm: in the formula of copyhold - tenement held at the will of the lord and by the custom of the manor - the first part lost its significance and the second prevailed, in downright contrast with former times when, on the contrary, the second part had no legal value and the first expressed the view of the courts.