down·​cast | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌkast \

Definition of downcast

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

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Synonyms for downcast


bowed, down, downward, lowered

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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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Depressive episodes involve having a downcast mood lasting at least two weeks. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 The downcast melody brings to mind the early, fragile work of his contemporary Elliott Smith. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘WARM’ by Jeff Tweedy Review: The Sweet Spot Between Personal and Universal," 28 Nov. 2018 Yet as guests made their way to a champagne-soaked after-party Ms. Chiuri looked downcast. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "A Woman’s Rodeo, Designed by Dior," 26 May 2018 But a large share of voters remain undecided, and despite his often downcast rhetoric, his message of revival is giving Connecticut voters hope that the sun will shine again. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Connecticut Voters Wonder Who’ll Stop the Rain," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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