downcastly, adv.downcastness, n.
/down"kast', -kahst'/, adj.
1. directed downward, as the eyes.
2. dejected in spirit; depressed.
3. overthrow or ruin.
4. a downward look or glance.
5. a shaft down which air passes, as into a mine (opposed to upcast).
[1250-1300; ME douncasten. See DOWN1, CAST]
Syn. 2. sad, desolate, disconsolate; low, blue.

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