- directed downward, as the eyes.
- dejected in spirit; depressed.
- overthrow or ruin.
- a downward look or glance.
- a shaft down which air passes, as into a mine (opposed to upcast).
Origin of downcast
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2. sad, desolate, disconsolate; low, blue.
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Examples from the Web for downcast
The soaked one squats on the bridge, eyes furious and downcast.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
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As he was taken down from the dock to be driven to prison he was downcast, as anyone would be who was publicly sacrificed.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
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If we must confess it, they are quite offended and downcast when the cartoons stop.Churchill Would Be Famous Today on the Strength of His Writing Alone
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He is downcast, and a senior member of his party comforts him in these words.The Case for Trollope
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Despite the fuzzy pictures, the Daily Mail was quick to point out the star looked "miserable" and “downcast.”8 Reported Facts About the Cruise-Holmes Divorce
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His eyes, which had been downcast, lifted and glared on the questioner.Within the Law
"You are much safer here," said the girl, with downcast eyes.In the Midst of Alarms
Her eyes were downcast--looking upon the waxed floor as if in meditation.In the Valley
Bit by bit, word by word, the master drew the whole truth from the downcast lads.The Channings
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He was a good stout knight, but sorrowful of face and downcast of mien.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- (esp of the eyes) directed downwards
- mining a ventilation shaft
- geology another word for downthrow
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Word Origin and History for downcast
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