out·​spo·​ken | \ ˌau̇t-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce outspoken (audio) \

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 How to pronounce outspoken (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web But ultimately Kishida defeated the popular and outspoken vaccine tsar Taro Kono in a run-off after neither candidate garnered majority support in the first round of voting. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 30 Sep. 2021 The Dracut resident is now 90 percent white and is an active and outspoken advocate for youngsters with the disease. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 The revisions to the rule were tested early in Tuesday’s meeting, when City Councilor At-Large Pippin Dew called a point of order as Melissa Swift, a Vallejo resident and outspoken critic of city officials, made the meeting’s first comments. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep. 2021 The Utah Board of Education has disciplined one of its most outspoken and conservative members, Natalie Cline, in response to her social media post last month that was critical of LGBTQ students and led some of her followers to threaten violence. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 Fiery and outspoken, Rose is a true fighter in spirit and in practice. Joe Otterson, Variety, 30 Aug. 2021 Yelawolf was brash and outspoken during his brief stint on the UPN reality series, and not always respectful to Elliott. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 26 Aug. 2021 Described as both beloved and outspoken for his theological field, the Rev. Walt Wangerin Jr. did not mind his work and professional speaker persona were a catalyst for others to discuss, counter and debate, a result from his writing and lectures. Philip Potempa, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2021 But the two big basketball leagues skipped such celebrations during Donald Trump's administration as several prominent players and coaches were outspoken about their opposition to Trump's rhetoric and policies. Aamer Madhani, ajc, 23 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of outspoken

circa 1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outspoken was circa 1808

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“Outspoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outspoken. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce outspoken (audio) \

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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