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downcast (adj) looking down; sad or depressed.

When you look downwards out of embarrassment, or because you are ashamed, you are downcast. When a person is very sad or depressed they are downcast. 'The little girl is downcast as she misses her mother a lot.' This means, the child is very sad because she cannot bear to be away from her mother.

  • Clara's bent head and silence did not surprise anyone. Her downcast looks were due to her failure in the recent examination.
  • Joe is downcast because he has lost his job. He is sad not about the loss of earnings but about the humiliation at having been fired.
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