Definition of downbeat in English:

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downbeat

Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌbēt/

adjective

Pessimistic; gloomy: the assessment of current economic prospects is downbeat
More 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.
Synonyms
pessimistic, gloomy, negative, defeatist, cynical, bleak, fatalistic, dark, black;
despairing, despondent, depressed, dejected, demoralized, hopeless, melancholy, glum

noun

Music
An accented beat, usually the first of the bar.
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.

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Syllabification: down·beat

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