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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During the 1970s and '80s, however, Biden actively worked against busing efforts and was an outspoken critic of the tactic. Alexandra Jaffee, USA TODAY, "Kamala Harris on busing: Feds should only intervene if local governments are opposing integration," 5 July 2019 The Israeli prime minister has been an outspoken critic of Iran and has long accused Tehran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Washington Post, "The Latest: EU urges Iran to reverse course and follow deal," 1 July 2019 Otto's parents have been outspoken critics of North Korea since their son's death. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Otto Warmbier trends on Twitter as users aghast at Trump photo-op in North Korea," 30 June 2019 She's been an outspoken critic of President Trump and was one of the first white players to join Colin Kaepernick and other footballers in taking a knee during the national anthem back in 2016. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Megan Rapinoe Won’t Visit the White House If the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Wins the World Cup," 26 June 2019 Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, of Oregon, is another outspoken Facebook critic and has called for the FTC to hold CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for privacy violations. Hamdan Azhar, WIRED, "Politicians Don't Trust Facebook—Unless They're Campaigning," 26 June 2019 Her daughter India left NXIVM after her mother became an outspoken critic of it. CBS News, "Alleged NXIVM cult leader found guilty in sex trafficking case," 19 June 2019 Brennan, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is scheduled to talk to House Democrats at a private weekly caucus meeting Tuesday, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the private meeting. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran," 20 May 2019 Since Trump fired him in May 2016, Comey — a longtime Republican — has become an outspoken critic of the president. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "James Comey unloads on House Republicans and Fox News," 17 Dec. 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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