down·​heart·​ed | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce downhearted (audio) \

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Other Words from downhearted

downheartedly adverb
downheartedness noun

Examples of downhearted in a Sentence

downhearted because his best friend was taking a job out of state
Recent Examples on the Web Like a downhearted Jacques Tati, comedy comes less from jokes than from people behaving in sad-but-relatable ways. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Fish monsters, barking dogs, and roach patties: The films of Bong Joon-ho," 16 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of downhearted

1742, in the meaning defined above

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“Downhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downhearted

: not happy, confident, or hopeful


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