down·​cast | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌkast How to pronounce downcast (audio) \

Definition of downcast

1 : low in spirit : dejected
2 : directed downward with downcast eyes

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Examples of downcast in a Sentence

There were a lot of downcast faces in the crowd. her downcast gaze made us realize that she was shy
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps one of the biggest impediments was the overall perception of remote work and also the downcast view of those that sought to work remotely. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Self-Driving Cars To Be Especially Welcomed In “Zoom Towns”," 12 Mar. 2021 The bust on Mount Tabor depicts him as bald, with downcast eyes. oregonlive, "Bust of York, member of Lewis and Clark expedition, appears in place of Harvey Scott statue on Mount Tabor," 21 Feb. 2021 In recent years, Diamond spoke candidly about his professional setbacks and personal struggles, painting a downcast portrait of life after youthful fame. NBC News, "Screech made Dustin Diamond famous. He could never leave the character behind.," 1 Feb. 2021 After a month of steadily increasing COVID-19 cases throughout the state and country, Gurnee Finance Director Brian Gosnell gave a downcast update about the financial impact the virus has taken on the village at a meeting Monday. Erin Yarnall,, "Gurnee officials updated about coronavirus impact on village finances," 24 Nov. 2020 The few lights are dim and downcast to protect our night vision. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's Magazine, "[Letter from the Northwest Territories]," 24 Nov. 2020 He was downcast when his family moved back to Sweden in 1942. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Jan Myrdal, radical and rebellious Swedish writer, dies at 93," 3 Nov. 2020 Her usual upright posture softened — eyes downcast, chin lowered, shoulders hunched. Trina Ryan, New York Times, "Changing My Name Allowed Me to Move On," 26 Aug. 2020 At one point, a group of eight officers wearing surgical face masks walked across Schaefer Highway and into the funeral home, emerging a few minutes later with downcast expressions on their faces. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Mourners at Detroit funeral home pay respects to Michigan's youngest COVID-19 victim," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of downcast

1521, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of downcast was in 1521

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“Downcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downcast

: not happy, confident, or hopeful
of eyes : looking downward


down·​cast | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌkast How to pronounce downcast (audio) \

Kids Definition of downcast

1 : sad sense 1 a downcast face
2 : directed down downcast eyes

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