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downbeat

[ doun-beet ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌbit /
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noun Music.

the downward stroke of a conductor's arm or baton indicating the first or accented beat of a measure.
the first beat of a measure.

adjective

gloomy or depressing; pessimistic: Hollywood movies seldom have downbeat endings.

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Origin of downbeat

1875–80; down1 + beat (noun)
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British Dictionary definitions for downbeat

downbeat
/ (ˈdaʊnˌbiːt) /

noun

music the first beat of a bar or the downward gesture of a conductor's baton indicating thisCompare upbeat

adjective

informal depressed; gloomy
informal relaxed; unemphatic
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