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WORD ORIGIN

1876 (n.), in reference to downward stroke of a conductor's baton; 1952 (adj.) in figurative sense of "pessimistic," but that is probably via associations of the word down (adv.), because the beat itself is no more pessimistic than the upbeat is optimistic.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DOWNBEAT

discouraged

adjectivedisheartened
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