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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Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad was sent to Istanbul to kill the journalist, a onetime Saudi insider who became an outspoken critic of Prince Mohammed in columns for The Washington Post. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi FM says global outcry over Khashoggi ‘hysterical’," 27 Oct. 2018 Colombian President Ivan Duque, an outspoken critic of Maduro, said Monday that his country will never turn over Borges to Venezuela. Fox News, "Venezuela says diplomats may be tied to assassination try," 24 Sep. 2018 The issue initially gained momentum when 70,000 Finnish citizens signed a petition to end biannual time changes, and Ireland Member of European Parliament (MEP) Sean Kelly has been an outspoken critic of Daylight Saving Time as well. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EU Commission President supports ending seasonal time changes," 31 Aug. 2018 Swept up in the rebellious fervor of the day, the Kings College student became an outspoken critic of England, that tiny nation across the sea that regulated the price of tea in the colonies. Erin B. Logan, Washington Post, "Alexander Hamilton, immigrant and statesman, dies at 47 — or 49," 12 July 2018 The intended recipients included two former presidents, high government officials, several outspoken critics of the current administration, and CNN. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “There’s No Proof of Anything”," 28 Oct. 2018 The couple have been outspoken opponents of Trump's administration. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018 Jason has been an outspoken critic of voter ID laws and their consequences, particularly for voters who are poor, African-American, Latinx, or elderly. Lauren Young, Teen Vogue, "“Cap, Gown, Vote!” Is Helping to Register Eligible High School Students to Vote," 14 Sep. 2018 Nelson, a Democrat running for re-election against Gov. Rick Scott, has been an outspoken opponent of Trump’s family-separation policy. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Protests against Trump in Homestead, as Sen. Nelson visits children's shelter," 23 June 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 \

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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