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outspoken

[out-spoh-kuh n] /ˈaʊtˈspoʊ kən/
adjective
1.
uttered or expressed with frankness or without reserve:
outspoken criticism.
2.
free or unreserved in speech.
verb
3.
past participle of outspeak.
Origin of outspoken
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; out- + spoken
Related forms
outspokenly, adverb
outspokenness, noun
unoutspoken, adjective
Synonyms
1. See frank1 .
Antonyms
2. taciturn.

outspeak

[out-speek] /ˌaʊtˈspik/
verb (used with object), outspoke, outspoken, outspeaking.
1.
to outdo or excel in speaking.
2.
to utter frankly or boldly:
to outspeak one's grievances.
verb (used without object), outspoke, outspoken, outspeaking.
3.
to speak out:
to outspeak in defense of one's beliefs.
Origin
First recorded in 1595-1605; out- + speak
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  • He had not been outspoken, it is true, and herein lay one of the dangers.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Had the outspoken Lady Pen said anything about her hair, she wondered.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • When Mary read this portion of the letter to her Uncle Shadrach his scorn was outspoken.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I had to be a little—just a little—you see—you know, outspoken, or—you know what I mean.

  • Father Ryan is candid, truthful, and outspoken, and commands respect.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for outspoken

outspoken

/ˌaʊtˈspəʊkən/
adjective
1.
candid or bold in speech
2.
said or expressed with candour or boldness
Derived Forms
outspokenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outspoken
adj.

"given to speaking freely," 1808, originally Scottish, from out (adv.) + spoken. "The pa. pple. has here a resultant force, as in 'well spoken', 'well read'." [OED]. Related: Outspokenly; outspokenness.

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