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She was characteristically forthright.
  directness (honest without subtlety or evasion)
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  • She was characteristically forthright.
  • I will do my best to answer these questions in a complete and forthright manner.
  • forthright criticism
  • a forthright approach to the problem

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  • spoke forthrightly and to the point
  • Her forthrightness in the face of the disaster into which I had dragged my family had been impressive—she had informed her coworkers and her friends about my situation.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • One of the qualitiq I have always admired is Renny’s unflinching forthrightness, more intimate than emotional, which the long hiatus in our friendship doesn’t seem to have dulled.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "I am Katherine Tyler," she answered forthrightly.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "No need," Buttercup said, because she knew, as did everyone, that the Prince was more forthright than any Florinese.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • I thought her forthright enough to do so.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • But none of these at all diminished a kind of wonderfully negligent sexuality having to do at that moment, at least, with the casual but forthright way her pelvis moved and with her truly sumptuous rear end.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The faces in the picture were very much alike; all the Fraser children had that forthright look that dared you to take them at less than their own valuation of themselves.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • And then, in that honest, forthright way of hers, she gave her reasons.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • The Abnegation aren’t manipulative, but they aren’t forthright, either.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I shouldn’t be surprised that the leader of Candor is this forthright, but I wasn’t expecting a public announcement.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • His sermon was a forthright denunciation of sin, an austere declaration of the motto on the wall behind him: he warned his flock against the evils of heady brews, gambling, and strange women.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "It’s for me," I said forthrightly.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • All of us, I suppose, like to believe that in a moral emergency we will behave like the heroes of our youth, bravely and forthrightly, without thought of personal loss or discredit.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • It made Eragon appreciate how direct and forthright Arya was by comparison.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She wasn’t unlike Kirsten in this fashion, but while my sister’s forthrightness always made me uneasy, Sophie’s was different.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Evidently no one had ever spoken to Beatrice so forthrightly, for she appeared to be in a state of shock.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • Mrs. Shigemura was open and forthright with Hatsue about matters of a sexual nature.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • That was fortunate, for if she could have spoken she would have cried out truths couched in Gerald’s forthright words.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They were very lean, mere skin-bags stretched over bony frames, with strings for muscles—so lean that Henry found it in his mind to marvel that they still kept their feet and did not collapse forthright in the snow.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • If we want to communicate a strong emotion, if we want to convince someone that, say, we love them, we realize that we need to speak passionately and forthrightly.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Of course, the prostitutes were the best dressed," said Katie in her forthright way, "and like always, they outnumbered the decent women two to one.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • She’s not good at being forthright about her emotions, you know that.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • When it was necessary to use the symbolwords which he had taught her, she used them, spoke them forthright and without hesitation, talking to God as if He were a man in the room with two other men.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Miss Bradshaw, has my sister driven you out of your wits yet with her forthright manner?
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • He’d never touched her and her hand was small and her waist so slight and she looked at him with great forthrightness and smiled and put her face against his shoulder.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Her tone was forthright, even defiant.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • For the next hour, Eragon endured what seemed like an endless procession of introductions, congratulations, and questions that he could not answer forthrightly without revealing secrets that were better left unsaid.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Her mind was still going up and down, up and down with the poetry; he was still feeling very vigorous, very forthright, after reading about Steenie’s funeral.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Self-educated, forthright, quite a rebel for her time.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • He does not hold himself above the law, but dispenses it with knowledge and forthrightness.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • And I had done it in a decent and forthright manner.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Snow Flower regarded me in the same forthright way she had in the palanquin.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • He had always found pleasure in observing the impact of opposite mentalities; and Miss Brinklow’s girl-guide forthrightness applied to Lamaistic philosophy promised to be entertaining.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • There was no doubting that forthright voice of his.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Even though Mrs. Thatcher was on the opposite side of the ANC on many issues, such as sanctions, she was always a forthright and solicitous lady.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A forthright woman like Mary probably considers that she can give you all the experience you’re ever likely to need.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Never once did he honestly, or to put it more accurately, forthrightly and courageously or coldly face the thought of committing so grim a crime.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I would emerge glossy and shiny from the Institute as a man to serve my country in any way I could, but with absolute devotion and forthrightness.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But even if it be true that we have, out of fear and selfishness and thoughtlessness, wrought a destruction that we have done little to repair, even if it be true that we should be ashamed of it and do something more courageous and forthright than we are doing, there is nevertheless a law, and it is one of the most monumental achievements of this defective society that it has made a law, and has set judges to administer it, and has freed those judges from any obligation whatsoever butů
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • The forthrightness of the reply was not altogether flattering: moreover, they had now arrived at the Academy, where the assembled pedagogues were waiting to sharpen their wits on a real, live Overlord.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Some of my colleagues who are criticized today for lack of forthright principles—or who are looked upon with scornful eyes as compromising "politicians"—are simply engaged in the fine art of conciliating, balancing and interpreting the forces and factions of public opinion, an art essential to keeping our nation united and enabling our Government to function.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • While we are being forthright with each other, I admit that I find it tedious.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • He was extremely hardworking, forthright, good-natured, and a born leader.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • I can’t imagine a group of politicians listening to anyone as forthright as me.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • In the case of the ads, how forthright (and honest) are people when it comes to sharing their personal information?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
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