down·​cast | \ˈdau̇n-ˌkast \

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

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As the President launched unprompted into a tirade about Mueller and the FBI, Bolton and other national security officials sat stone-faced, some with their eyes downcast. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Facing Trump: Syria. North Korea. Japan. France. Germany.," 10 Apr. 2018 Emily, arguably the most stoic character on The Handmaid's Tale, is able to limit all fear and discomfort to subtle facial ticks, like widening eyes and downcast glances., "Meet Commander Lawrence, The Most Destabilizing Presence On The Handmaid's Tale," 10 July 2018 As death sets in, Jesus’ outstretched arms and downcast face are turning blue; little streams of blood flow naturally around his toes from the nails in his feet. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting From the Museums of Madrid’ Review: A Visual Heritage Tour," 3 July 2018 At the end of a downcast Brexit panel at the U.K. Ports Conference, one audience member asked, with some slight exasperation, what the upsides to Brexit might be and what systems might be built to support it. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 These sisters have downcast eyes that reinforce the quiet mood maintained by siblings who don't need any conversation at the moment. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "From the studio to the gallery," 8 June 2018 At a news conference on Thursday, a downcast Mr. Najib acknowledged the election defeat—but appeared to stall for time. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Inside Najib’s Circle, Shock and Bewilderment at Malaysia’s Era-Ending Election," 10 May 2018 Decades later, Cable has finally made his first film appearance in Deadpool 2, played by Josh Brolin and sporting the same metal arm, scarred face, and generally downcast attitude. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Dour Resurgence of Cable, Deadpool 2’s Anti-Hero," 23 May 2018 At a news conference later Thursday, a downcast Mr. Najib acknowledged the election result but appeared to stall for time. Tom Wright, WSJ, "Fall of Malaysia’s Ruling Party, After Six Decades in Power, Shakes Vital U.S. Ally," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of downcast

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of downcast

: not happy, confident, or hopeful

of eyes : looking downward


down·​cast | \ˈdau̇n-ˌkast \

Kids Definition of downcast

1 : sad sense 1 a downcast face

2 : directed down downcast eyes

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