Definition of be cast down in US English:

be cast down

phrasal verb

  • Feel depressed.

    ‘she was greatly cast down by abusive criticism of her novels’
    • ‘Revived by American aid and by its own exertions, western Germany was more transformed by post-war economic and psychological recovery than it had been cast down by military defeat.’
    • ‘After the birth of Ross, both were cast down and depressed.’
    • ‘After a brief fillip Wall Street went into retreat, cast down by sombre corporate trading news from a range of companies.’
    • ‘Far from being cast down by the goal, England concentrated on reaching half-time without falling further behind before switching to the attack with renewed vigour.’
    • ‘The joyful ones also tend to draw more friends, who would rather bathe in the sunshine of happiness than to be cast down into a gloomy depression.’
    • ‘I was either cast down and disappointed, or raised up and elated, depending on whether I was feeling better or worse.’
    • ‘This doesn't mean I was a bully, it was just that people couldn't get me down the way other teens would be cast down.’
    • ‘Take advantage of opportunities, don't be cast down, but rise to the challenge if it does occur’
    • ‘They were a group of men who were very distressed, very cast down by their illness and its difficulties.’
    depressed, downcast, unhappy, sad, miserable, gloomy, down, low, blue, melancholy, doleful, mournful
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