- 1Pessimistic or gloomy: the assessment of the UK’s economic prospects is downbeatMore example sentences
- 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.
- For this reason, people often view him as pessimistic and downbeat.
- 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.
- 2Relaxed and understated: he responds to her enthusiasm with downbeat bemusementMore example sentences
- This song set the tone for the downbeat understatement that the event traditionally displays.
- Here was a manager who understood the anguish of a support which, in turn, recognised the limitations of a squad but could not understand the downbeat nature of performances.
- The president, C Parker, set a downbeat tone in his speech.
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- An accented beat, usually the first of the bar.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.