Panglossian


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Pan·gloss·i·an

 (păn-glŏs′ē-ən, -glôs′-, păng-)
adj.
Blindly or naively optimistic.

[After Pangloss, an optimist in Candide, a satire by Voltaire.]

Pan•gloss•i•an

(pænˈglɒs i ən, -ˈglɔ si-, pæŋ-)

adj.
inappropriately optimistic.
[1825–35; after Pangloss, an optimistic character in Voltaire's Candide; compare Greek panglossía garrulousness, wordiness]
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Panglossian

adjective
Expecting a favorable outcome or dwelling on hopeful aspects:
Informal: upbeat.
Idioms: looking on the bright side, looking through rose-colored glasses.
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With single-digit approval ratings, the economy in the tank and talk of impeachment still coursing through congress, she appears to have shut out bad news and hewn to the Panglossian ritual of her job.
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The future is not sunny in this best of all Panglossian, post-Fed QE worlds.
The CPC and OBU attempted to put pressure on the Canadian labour movement to take action, perhaps a Panglossian notion with the international unions' close ties to the American government.
Roger Lewis put forth a Panglossian view of the state of Welsh rugby but I hope commentators will give a more realistic critique of the real health of the Welsh game after the Lewis years.
This idea, I argue, is incompatible with Gardbaum's own position about legislative failures to protect rights, it holds out a Panglossian hope for legislative cooperation, and it fails to acknowledge the very substantial rule of law problems we would have in a society where judicial decisions were treated like legal advice.
Look out for a music video for Collide on Monday too, filmed in Caernarfon by Panglossian Digital.
The Panglossian statements that regularly issue from the WRU bear little relation to reality.
Just as there is a yawning gulf between "Gone With the Wind'' and the harrowing "12 Years a Slave,'' there is a yawning gulf between the Panglossian PBS soap opera of manners and the dehumanizing life most servants led.
Lewontin, "The Spandrels of Saint Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme," Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 205, ser.
The Rosie Project is the kind of Panglossian comedy in which everything is foreordained to work out for the best.
59) I do not mean to assume a Panglossian or idealized conception of the press as the sole bastion of truth and lone bulwark against tyranny, or to assert that those engaging in press-like activities always act with noble intentions.