downcast down"cast`, a. Cast downward; directed to the ground, from bashfulness, modesty, dejection, or guilt. [1913 Webster]

'T is love, said she; and then my downcast eyes, And guilty dumbness, witnessed my surprise. --Dryden.

2. depressed; dispirited; dejected; -- of people.

Syn: down(predicate), downhearted, low, low-spirited. [WordNet 1.5] -- {Down"cast`ly}, adv. -- {Down"cast`ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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