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outspoken

[out-spoh-kuh n] /ˈaʊtˈspoʊ kən/
adjective
1.
uttered or expressed with frankness or without reserve:
outspoken criticism.
2.
free or unreserved in speech.
verb
3.
past participle of outspeak.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; out- + spoken
Related forms
outspokenly, adverb
outspokenness, noun
unoutspoken, adjective
Synonyms
1. See frank1 .
Antonyms
2. taciturn.

outspeak

[out-speek] /ˌaʊtˈspik/
verb (used with object), outspoke, outspoken, outspeaking.
1.
to outdo or excel in speaking.
2.
to utter frankly or boldly:
to outspeak one's grievances.
verb (used without object), outspoke, outspoken, outspeaking.
3.
to speak out:
to outspeak in defense of one's beliefs.
Origin
1595-1605; out- + speak
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Examples for outspoken
  • Along the way, she has become an outspoken member of her profession.
  • The opposition continues to be outspoken in its criticism of the regime and significant unrest could spark a fierce crackdown.
  • He's also an outspoken advocate for getting kids into the outdoors.
  • Truth can not be suppressed for long by loud and outspoken chronic liers.
  • Its once outspoken critics and supporters seemed not to notice.
  • More importantly, the attendees themselves were more outspoken then they've ever been.
  • Both have become outspoken critics of the establishment.
  • Taber had been for many years an outspoken agnostic.
  • Her generous, exuberant and outspoken spirit will be remembered by many.
  • Again, he is in general a friendly, moderately outspoken individual.
British Dictionary definitions for outspoken

outspoken

/ˌaʊtˈspəʊkən/
adjective
1.
candid or bold in speech
2.
said or expressed with candour or boldness
Derived Forms
outspokenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outspoken
adj.

"given to speaking freely," 1808, originally Scottish, from out (adv.) + spoken. "The pa. pple. has here a resultant force, as in 'well spoken', 'well read'." [OED]. Related: Outspokenly; outspokenness.

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