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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Jones has made a name for himself as an outspoken supporter of University of Kentucky athletics in a state with legions of UK fans — especially for the school’s storied men’s basketball program. Washington Post, "Kentucky sports radio host takes step toward Senate run," 29 Aug. 2019 Shaheen has been an outspoken supporter of measures meant to counter Russia's interference in U.S. elections. CBS News, "GOP senator who has criticized Putin denied visa ahead of visit," 27 Aug. 2019 The Brooklyn native, a longtime and outspoken supporter of Kaepernick, fielded questions in New York City alongside Commissioner Roger Goodell. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Jay-Z talks NFL partnership, Colin Kaepernick and Super Bowl 2020 halftime performers," 15 Aug. 2019 Schilling, who is conservative and an outspoken Trump supporter, is no stranger to flirtations for public office. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "Trump tweet praises prospect of House bid by controversial Curt Schilling," 14 Aug. 2019 Schilling is an outspoken Trump supporter and made a recent campaign appearance for Brandon Martin, a Republican running in a Tucson-area district against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Trump cheers Curt Schilling's possible run for Congress in Arizona," 13 Aug. 2019 Messing, 50, and Sarandon, 72, first went head-to-head in March 2016 after Sarandon, an outspoken Bernie Sanders supporter, expressed her reluctance to vote for Clinton in a general election against Donald Trump. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Debra Messing Takes Another Swipe at Susan Sarandon Over Trump: 'Liking the Revolution?'," 13 Aug. 2019 Ratcliffe, an outspoken supporter of Trump, has come under intense scrutiny since the president declared Sunday on Twitter that the lawmaker was his pick to succeed Dan Coats, who is stepping down as director of national intelligence on Aug. 15. Charlie Savage, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s pick for intelligence chief backs out," 2 Aug. 2019 The political non-profit group was founded to organize conservative students on college campuses by Charlie Kirk, an outspoken supporter of Trump. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Somebody screwed up: Fake seal displayed at Trump event," 25 July 2019

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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