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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an outspoken/vocal opponent (=one who publicly expresses disagreement with something)
▪ He was a vocal opponent of closer relations with the United States.
outspoken criticism (=said very openly and directly)
▪ I was surprised by his outspoken criticism of the system.
▪ Scholarly thinking became still more outspoken in the early 1990s.
▪ They were noticeably more outspoken than at the outset.
▪ The parties at the centre of the political spectrum became more outspoken in their criticisms of the government.
▪ Rhee intensified his pressure in the early months of 1947 and became more outspoken in criticising the military government.
▪ The most outspoken advocates of public participation in central government were a minority of activists among the provincial nobility.
▪ Kellmer Pringle is among the most outspoken proponents of the society-as-parent type of view.
▪ Next day we lunched with a young politician known as the most outspoken critic of Smith and the government.
▪ And it was one of the most outspoken attacks by a Royal on a foreign power.
▪ Cabinet Ministers; some of the most shell-backed Right-wingers and some of the most outspoken men of the Left.
▪ Her father was an eccentric, outspoken critic of the government, who was killed by police in 1985.
▪ Next day we lunched with a young politician known as the most outspoken critic of Smith and the government.
▪ From January 1891 it appeared as the Lagos Weekly Record, and was for forty-nine years an outspoken critic of colonialism.
▪ The law was sent for approval to Governor George Deukmejian, a former outspoken opponent of gun control.
▪ Davis has earned a reputation as an outspoken opponent of any kind of nuclear waste dumping at sea.
outspoken views
▪ She's an outspoken critic of U.S. policy.
▪ As a former schoolmaster, he has always been outspoken on education issues and a firm supporter of traditional learning methods.
▪ But now she will be able to return to her outspoken, opinionated self.
▪ Dysart was an obvious target: ex-Navy, Ministry of Defence, outspoken in support of the Union.
▪ In its earlier years it was extremely outspoken in its condemnation of anything that failed to gain its approval.
▪ It revealed Docherty to be a witty, compulsive and outspoken man who feels cheated by the past.
▪ Perhaps it made me too outspoken.
▪ We'd know nothing of that damaged ball but for outspoken Allan Lamb.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Outspoken \Out*spo"ken\, a. Speaking, or spoken, freely, openly, candidly, or boldly; as, an outspoken man; an outspoken rebuke. -- Out*spo"ken*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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.

  1. speaking, or spoken, freely, openly, or boldly; vocal. v

  2. (past participle of outspeak English).

  1. adj. given to expressing yourself freely or insistently; "outspoken in their opposition to segregation"; "a vocal assembly" [syn: vocal]

  2. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation" [syn: blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder]


Outspoken may refer to:

  • Outspoken (album), 2012 album by metalcore band For All Those Sleeping
  • OutSpoken, screen reader software
  • Outspoken Award, given by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Parrhesia, the obligation to speak candidly in rhetoric
Outspoken (album)

Outspoken is the second studio album from Minnesota-based band For All Those Sleeping, released through Fearless Records on June 19, 2012, nearly two years after their debut album Cross Your Fingers. The album showcases a much heavier metalcore sound with more prominent usage of unclean vocals and limited use of pop punk style choruses which were featured regularly on the aforementioned debut. Similarly to the first album, this album was also produced by Cameron Mizell.

On April 25, 2012, the band released the first single off the album, "Mark My Words", as a digital download on iTunes.

The album debuted at number 95 on the billboard 200, selling over 4000 copies in its first week.

Usage examples of "outspoken".

Perry Bay for the selection, he talked at length with Captain Bellamy and sent word to Patrick McNamara, who might have been an outspoken villain, but who was having marked success with the management of his own selection in the east.

My father was outspoken in his views concerning the responsibilities of the landed class.

Harrison, an outspoken Virginia planter, six feet four inches tall and immensely fat, was a fervent champion of American rights who liked to say he would have come to Philadelphia on foot had it been necessary.

Alexander was outspoken in his contempt for British policy toward America.

To be fearlessly outspoken in her opinions came easily to her, since she judged solely from the standpoint of her social position.

The frankness of such a secretly outspoken thought could not go without some derisive self-criticism.

I also made her outspoken, extraordinarily curious, and smart as hell.

While in Vietnam, Kerry was an outspoken critic to the point of being characterized by some as a perpetual whiner.

Kerry invented them to create the false impression that he was an outspoken critic of the war and war policies while in Vietnam.

Kerry is typically self-serving, designed to advance the idea that he was an outspoken critic of military policy, willing to challenge his superiors whenever possible.

In the last couple of years of his life, he had broadened his civil rights agenda to include an assault on urban poverty and outspoken opposition to the war.

A short, full-bosomed, green-eyed redhead, her lawyer friend was as outspoken as she was loyal.

The confrontation as imagined and reported by Kerry is typically self-serving, designed to advance the idea that he was an outspoken critic of military policy, willing to challenge his superiors whenever possible.

At least Robert had patronized her by pretending to be interested in her views and outspoken opinions on just about everything.

Amelia doubted there was a more outspoken woman in the world than the duchess.