out·spo·ken | \ˌau̇t-ˈspō-kən \

Definition of outspoken 

1 : direct and open in speech or expression : frank outspoken in his criticismCurrent Biography

2 : spoken or expressed without reserve his outspoken advocacy of gun control

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Other Words from outspoken

outspokenly adverb
outspokenness \ˌau̇t-ˈspō-kən-nəs \ noun

Examples of outspoken in a Sentence

She has been an outspoken advocate of women's rights throughout her life. an outspoken and controversial radio host She's very outspoken about political issues.
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The letter to Cook, who has for months been an outspoken critic of Facebook's attitude toward privacy, asks if Apple is engaged in similar practices. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Lawmakers press Apple and Google on how they track and listen to smartphone users," 9 July 2018 Affiliated with the secular Republican People’s party, or CHP, Mr. Erdem has long been an outspoken critic of Mr. Erdogan. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Dismisses Over 18,000 Civil Servants for Alleged Terror Links," 8 July 2018 British citizen Andargachew Tsega was also among those freed last week, an opposition leader and outspoken critic of the Ethiopian government, he was arrested in Yemen in 2014 and extradited to Addis Ababa. Meron Moges-gerbi, CNN, "Ethiopia lifts state of emergency two months early," 5 June 2018 James Clapper, Obama's director of national intelligence and an outspoken critic of Trump, also signed the letter. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly is 2nd Democrat to back Gina Haspel for CIA director," 12 May 2018 She's become an informal and outspoken leader, rallying the neighborhood to fight the recommendation that Carmel Clay Schools relocate Orchard Park Elementary. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "How Carmel parents are fighting to keep Orchard Park Elementary open in Home Place," 21 June 2018 More importantly is the fact that Chris Dingwell is one of the most outspoken citizens against this Administration and Department. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Judge Cites Trump Twitter Ruling In Case Of Meriden Police Blocking Facebook Poster," 13 June 2018 But other leaders, from Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron of Europe to Shinzo Abe of Japan to Justin Trudeau of Canada, have been outspoken in defense of democratic values. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Pfleger, who had been outspoken about Ferguson, was appalled at the political silence in Chicago over the death of a 9-year-old. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Father Mike's shutdown of Dan Ryan aimed directly at Mayor Emanuel," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of outspoken

circa 1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outspoken

: talking in a free and honest way about your opinions


out·spo·ken | \au̇t-ˈspō-kən \

Kids Definition of outspoken

: talking in a free and honest way : blunt an outspoken critic

Other Words from outspoken

outspokenly adverb
outspokenness noun

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evasion of direct action or statement

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