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Definition directness (honest without subtlety or evasion)

More rarely, forthright may mean to proceed immediately as in:  "I shall depart forthright."
  • 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
  • spoke forthrightly and to the point
  • 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
  • forthright = direct (without subtlety)
  • There was no doubting that forthright voice of his.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • And then, in that honest, forthright way of hers, she gave her reasons.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • And I had done it in a decent and forthright manner.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • 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
  • Self-educated, forthright, quite a rebel for her time.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • While we are being forthright with each other, I admit that I find it tedious.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The Abnegation aren't manipulative, but they aren't forthright, either.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Miss Bradshaw, has my sister driven you out of your wits yet with her forthright manner?
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • I thought her forthright enough to do so.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Eugene's touch, his push, now seemed judicious; and he pushed forthrightly to propel the old fellow across the street at the next crossing.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Her tone was forthright, even defiant.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • 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
  • "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 shouldn't be surprised that the leader of Candor is this forthright, but I wasn't expecting a public announcement.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent

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