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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Her district is more rural, and includes big emitters who would be regulated under the bill, including the Wauna Paper Mill, one of the more outspoken critics of the policy. oregonlive.com, "Carbon bill revamp proposal: A real threat or political theater?," 8 June 2019 Lanier, the father of virtual reality who moved on to work in AR and became an outspoken critic of social media, is a fitting spirit guide for the novel, twinning Stephenson's own slide into techno-pessimism. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise," 4 June 2019 Some girls are incredibly outspoken about their art, take Gabriel Richardson, for example. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Model Turned Agent Wants to Change How Fashion Champions Body Diversity," 18 July 2018 Often outspoken, Sarsour has faced criticism for aligning with questionable characters and sharply denouncing Zionism. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Hear from some of America's most influential Muslims," 4 May 2018 Thinx effectively put period underwear on the map, and Agrawal became known as an outspoken, successful woman in the overwhelmingly male start-up world, albeit one who very much fit the mold of a Burning Man–going tech executive. Eliza Brooke, Glamour, "Is the World Ready for Miki Agrawal and Her Next Big Idea?," 4 Apr. 2019 Potential 2020 candidates are similarly outspoken on the immigration issue. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Immigration is the new flash point in Democratic primaries," 25 June 2018 Gallego has been outspoken on Twitter regarding his opinions of Trump and the Republican Party on multiple occasions. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Huckabee criticized for 'bigotry' over tweet aimed at Dems showing Latino MS-13 gang members," 23 June 2018 Both are frequent critics of President Donald Trump and have been outspoken on other immigration issues. Washington Post, "Democratic attorneys general urge end to border separations," 19 June 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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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