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 outspokenness (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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Today, Hough, now 30, is an outspoken advocate for the endometriosis community. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Julianne Hough on How Endometriosis Helped Her Step Into Her Power," 21 Dec. 2018 Meltem Demirors Meltem Demirors is a passionate, outspoken advocate for the cryptocurrency revolution. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018 None of the members of the state’s congressional delegation -- two senators and the four other House members -- have yet to call for the resignation of Esty, an outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Washington Democrats silent on calls for Rep. Esty to resign over harassment, abuse case," 2 Oct. 2018 The outspoken Liselotte, like the tragic Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I of England, and known as the Winter Queen, was one of history’s esoteric fascinators who bewitched Karl: his erudition was a constant astonishment. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers the Unparalleled Energy, Wicked Wit, and Insatiable Curiosity of Karl Lagerfeld," 20 Feb. 2019 Now the undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department, Malpass has been an outspoken skeptic of the 189-nation World Bank, a leading source of funding for economic development. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Trump to tap David Malpass, critic of World Bank, to lead it," 6 Feb. 2019 As outspoken feminists, both, the pair might not like the standard pastel pink or blue for their baby, either. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle Has Reportedly Chosen A Design For Her Nursery," 18 Jan. 2019 Wendy is known for being outspoken about her health issues, primarily with Graves’ disease – an autoimmune disease incorrectly targeting the thyroid. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's When 'The Wendy Williams Show' Will Return in 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 McGlockton's family has been outspoken in their dismay over how the case was handled, and hired attorney Benjamin Crump, who gained national prominence representing the family of Trayvon Martin after the teen's fatal shooting in 2012. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Gunman in deadly Florida 'Stand Your Ground' case reenacts shooting in police video," 28 Sep. 2018

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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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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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