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downcast

[doun-kast, -kahst] /ˈdaʊnˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/
adjective
1.
directed downward, as the eyes.
2.
dejected in spirit; depressed.
noun
3.
overthrow or ruin.
4.
a downward look or glance.
5.
a shaft down which air passes, as into a mine (opposed to upcast).
Origin of downcast
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, downcast is from the Middle English word douncasten. See down1, cast
Related forms
downcastly, adverb
downcastness, noun
Synonyms
2. sad, desolate, disconsolate; low, blue.
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  • His eyes, which had been downcast, lifted and glared on the questioner.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "You are much safer here," said the girl, with downcast eyes.

  • Her eyes were downcast--looking upon the waxed floor as if in meditation.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Bit by bit, word by word, the master drew the whole truth from the downcast lads.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He was a good stout knight, but sorrowful of face and downcast of mien.

British Dictionary definitions for downcast

downcast

/ˈdaʊnˌkɑːst/
adjective
1.
dejected
2.
(esp of the eyes) directed downwards
noun
3.
(mining) a ventilation shaft
4.
(geology) another word for downthrow
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Word Origin and History for downcast
adj.

c.1600, from past participle of obsolete verb downcast (c.1300), from down (adv.) + cast (v.). Literal at first; figurative sense is 1630s.

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