outright/blatant/downright lie

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Is there any difference between outright lie, blatant lie and downright lie?

He was uncomfortable about telling such a blatant lie.

I have heard all three these expressions. But I am not sure, in which situation, I should use one of them.

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  • Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    "Blatant" means to me that the lie is very obvious to anybody with a brain.
    If a woman turns up very late for work without any make-up on and hair undone, claiming that she's late because somebody parked across her exit, that's a blatant lie. It's obvious that she didn't get up in time.
    A 'blatant' lie shows that the liar thinks other people are stupid. It's possibly the worst form of lie.

    'Outright' and 'downright' sound the same to me.
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