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synonyms for downbeat

  • defeatist
  • negative
  • cheerless
  • dejected
  • dispirited
  • gloomy
  • hopeless
  • unhappy
  • unhopeful
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How to use downbeat in a sentence

In jazz, musicians are trained to swing eighth notes, or extend the duration of their downbeats — every other eighth note — and shorten the beats in between to create a galloping rhythm.
HERE’S WHERE JAZZ GETS ITS SWINGNIKK OGASAOCTOBER 6, 2022SCIENCE NEWS
At a Delhi gathering after his arrest, downbeat editors spoke on the chilling effect the attacks on the media were having on newsrooms.
‘THEY CAN TARGET ANYBODY’: INDIA’S WAR ON FREE PRESS IS IN HIGH GEARKAVITHA IYERAUGUST 1, 2022TIME
Some may see the decidedly not-tragic ending of The Man Who Sold His Skin as a copout, a betrayal of the story’s more downbeat undertones.
IN THE OSCAR-NOMINATED THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN, A REFUGEE STAKES HIS FUTURE ON A TATTOOSTEPHANIE ZACHAREKAPRIL 9, 2021TIME
Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst for Bankrate, welcomed the news, especially after months of downbeat economic trends.
JOBLESS CLAIMS FALL TO LOWEST LEVEL OF THE PANDEMICHANNAH DENHAMMARCH 25, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The response from Simple customers has been predictably downbeat.
BBVA SAYS THAT IT IS SHUTTING DOWN BANKING APP SIMPLE, WILL TRANSFER USERS TO BBVA USAINGRID LUNDENJANUARY 7, 2021TECHCRUNCH
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WORDS RELATED TO DOWNBEAT

  • beat
  • beat-down
  • blue
  • caved-in
  • crestfallen
  • dashed
  • daunted
  • depressed
  • deterred
  • dismayed
  • dispirited
  • down
  • down in the mouth
  • downbeat
  • downcast
  • glum
  • gone to pieces
  • in a funk
  • in blue funk
  • in the dumps
  • lost momentum
  • pessimistic
  • sad
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.