downcast downcast  /ˈdaʊn ˌkæst/


  1. (n) a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine
  2. (adj) directed downward
  3. (adj) filled with melancholy and despondency


  1. Kaushal says he's just about breaking even, but in another part of the mall, the manager of a shoe store is even more downcast.
  2. At rehearsal, the singers were tired and downcast.
  3. To the thousands of downcast Tokyo drones who trudge by on their way to nowhere jobs, being mocked by a cartoon character is just part of the daily ritual of humiliation.


  1. Concert preview: The National, Ohio sons turned indie titans return to headline Next@Wex Fest at the LC

    By now, listeners know what to expect from The National. Nobody does downcast-yet-uplifting elegant midlife crisis rock better — or more singularly — than the Brooklyn-based Cincinnati natives.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Columbus Alive

  2. NSA leaker Ed Snowden's girlfriend: A 'pole-dancing super hero' now 'lost at sea'

    The girlfriend of Edward Snowden, the man at the heart of the NSA whistleblowing who's now hiding in Hong Kong, says she's heartbroken, downcast, "lost at sea" without her hoped-for fiance. She also calls herself in an August 2011 blog post a "world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero" who's "always wanted to ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Washington Times


  1. Rev Paisley said: "I understand that he was downcast many a day, understand that he was disappointed, understand he was angry and I understand that, perhaps, he even lost his temper. But I want to say that he treated me with the greatest of...
    on Jun 27, 2007 By: Ian Paisley Source: Belfast Telegraph

  2. ...a conference on 'Financial crisis, global economic governance and development' here, Mr. Mukherjee, who is currently holding additional charge of Finance, said: "As next year's [2009-10] outlook is more downcast...... the Government will...
    on Feb 6, 2009 By: Pranab Mukherjee Source: Hindu

  3. "I'm worried I left people with a very downcast and disturbed feeling," "Lincoln" told the News Republic, staying in character following his speech. "I think the tide is turning. I think we will overcome and be one nation."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Abraham Lincoln Source: Sauk Prairie Eagle

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