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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAST DOWN

His mother was so cast down, that she did not seem to Stineli the same person at all.

By these words—you can see that I was young—I was exalted, not cast down.

This angered Venus, and she resolved to cast down her earthly rival.

She did not cast down her eyes; she, too, looked at him frankly, with a friendly smile.

Next morning he came again, anxious and cast down in countenance.

He was cast down, too, to think how things might go with him when this trouble came.

Let him be punished because he is poor, and cast down to the earth, for there is none to care for him.

Her eyes have just been lifted, and are at once cast down again.

As I re-entered the dining-room I saw Jacobus cast down his eyes.

That was why he had looked so sad and cast down the day she had first seen him.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "a throw, an act of throwing," from cast (v.). In early use especially of dice, hence figurative uses relating to fortune or fate. Meaning "that which is cast" is from c.1550s. Meaning "dash or shade of color" is from c.1600. The sense of "a throw" carried an idea of "the form the thing takes after it has been thrown," which led to widespread and varied meanings, such as "group of actors in a play" (1630s). OED finds 42 distinct noun meaning and 83 verbal ones, with many sub-definitions. Many of the figurative senses converged in a general meaning "sort, kind, style" (mid-17c.). A cast in the eye (early 14c.) preserves the older verbal sense of "warp, turn."

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