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downcast

[ doun-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /
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adjective
directed downward, as the eyes.
dejected in spirit; depressed.
noun
overthrow or ruin.
a downward look or glance.
a shaft down which air passes, as into a mine (opposed to upcast).
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Origin of downcast

First recorded in 1250–1300, downcast is from the Middle English word douncasten.See down1, cast

OTHER WORDS FROM downcast

downcastly, adverbdowncastness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for downcast

downcast
/ (ˈdaʊnˌkɑːst) /

adjective
dejected
(esp of the eyes) directed downwards
noun
mining a ventilation shaft
geology another word for downthrow
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