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Pessimistic; gloomy.‘the assessment of current economic prospects is downbeat’
pessimistic, gloomy, negative, defeatist, gloom-ridden, cynical, bleak, fatalistic, dark, black, despairing, despondent, depressed, dejected, demoralized, hopeless, melancholy, glum, lugubrious, suspicious, distrustful, doubting, alarmistView synonyms
- ‘If you're a glum dour downbeat killjoy who has nothing to peddle but reheated miserabilism, you will come across as a bitter fool, and no one will be persuaded.’
- ‘Too many cartoon characters have become cynical and downbeat and it's just refreshing to see something upbeat and good hearted.’
- ‘His writing on the last campaign trail was increasingly dejected but never downbeat.’
- ‘The Squid And The Whale may sound downbeat and depressing, but it is so true to life, it turns out funny and compassionate.’
- ‘But he took his defeat on the chin and refused to be too downbeat about his performance in his first major final since winning the 2003 Regal Scottish Open.’
- ‘Her blend of downbeat, melancholic indie-tinged rock isn't custom-made for the sunny climes and plastic features of LA, so what prompted the sudden move?’
- ‘An hour spent absorbing the color and black-and-white works provides a great introduction to an inventive artist whose wry sense of humor and smart downbeat attitude are urban adult all the way.’
- ‘Especially in the first half, they tend too much towards the downbeat, melancholy and densely produced to the point of murkiness.’
- ‘The downbeat defeatism or hollow war cries have disappeared and while they made a rod for their own back with the opening-day draw with Aberdeen, the players and management evidently believe all is not lost and time is on their side.’
- ‘The chairman of JJB Sports was in downbeat mood at the firm's AGM with a glum combination of reduced turnover, lower profit margins and higher operating costs.’
- ‘For this reason, people often view him as pessimistic and downbeat.’
- ‘Barely a negative vibe will be emitted from any of the bidding nations, nor a single quote uttered which might seem remotely downbeat or pessimistic.’
- ‘This is as dark and downbeat as they come, the occasional lighter moments of banter notwithstanding.’
- ‘Success would be historic but defeat would mean his departure would be even more downbeat.’
- ‘The performance matched a downbeat start to the week for the Dow Jones in the US and reflected cheaper telecom, media and oil stocks in London.’
- ‘But he took his defeat on the chin and refused to be too downbeat after his first major final since winning the 2003 Regal Scottish Open.’
- ‘What gave rise to this downbeat view of human agency, this ‘fatalistic epistemology’ that recasts people as victims?’
- ‘This survey of the EU's institutions, like the new institutionalist literature itself, might seem to paint a generally sombre, downbeat, pessimistic picture of modern political life.’
- ‘In addition, the film's relentlessly downbeat tone creates a dark emotional backdrop.’
- ‘The problem is the story, which seems relentlessly gloomy and downbeat, lacking moments of breakdown and reconciliation that were so crucial to previous successes.’
An accented beat, usually the first of the bar.
- ‘Stopping before a bar line inhibits the central nervous system of the student who could otherwise tend to take over and encourage rushing over bar lines into downbeats.’
- ‘For example, the downbeats of measures 13 and 14 represent clear rhythmic arrival points and should be played with a full-arm gesture, while the previous three measures clearly lead to those downbeats.’
- ‘The song has three stanzas of six lines, carrying four stresses downbeats separated by upbeats.’
- ‘For this pianist rushing and slowing down in the cantabile sections while drawing attention to the downbeats over the barlines is a measure of profound expression.’
- ‘A dense cross-rhythmic relationship is thus struck between the bass and drums, with their respective downbeats lining up only once every 24 eighth notes.’
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