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pes·si·mism

 (pĕs′ə-mĭz′əm)
n.
1. A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view: "We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach" (Margo Jones).
2. The doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend toward evil.
3. The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.

[French pessimisme (on the model of optimisme, optimism), from Latin pessimus, worst; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

pes′si·mist n.
pes′si·mis′tic adj.
pes′si·mis′ti·cal·ly adv.

pes•si•mist

(ˈpɛs ə mɪst)

n.
1. a person who habitually sees or anticipates the worst or is disposed to be gloomy.
2. an adherent of the doctrine of pessimism.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pessimist - a person who expects the worst
defeatist, negativist - someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions
doubter, sceptic, skeptic - someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
optimist - a person disposed to take a favorable view of things

pessimist

noun defeatist, cynic, melancholic, worrier, killjoy, prophet of doom, misanthrope, wet blanket (informal), gloom merchant (informal), doomster Unfortunately, the pessimists are being proved right.

pessimist

noun
A prophet of misfortune or disaster:
Translations
الشَّخص المُتَشائِممُتَشَائِمٌ
pesimista
pessimist
pessimisti
pesimist
svartsÿnismaîur
悲観主義者
비관주의자
pesimista
pesimist
pessimist
คนมองโลกในแง่ร้าย
người bi quan

pessimist

[ˈpesɪmɪst] Npesimista mf

pessimist

[ˈpɛsɪmɪst] npessimiste m/f
I'm a pessimist → Je suis un pessimiste.
Don't be such a pessimist! → Ne sois pas si pessimiste !

pessimist

nPessimist(in) m(f), → Schwarzseher(in) m(f)

pessimist

[ˈpɛsɪmɪst] npessimista m/f

pessimism

(ˈpesimizəm) noun
the state of mind of a person who always expects bad things to happen.
ˈpessimist noun
a person who thinks in this way. He is such a pessimist that he always expects the worst.
ˌpessiˈmistic adjective
ˌpessiˈmistically adverb

pessimist

مُتَشَائِمٌ pesimista pessimist Pessimist πεσιμιστής pesimista pessimisti pessimiste pesimist pessimista 悲観主義者 비관주의자 pessimist pessimist pesymista pessimista пессимист pessimist คนมองโลกในแง่ร้าย kötümser người bi quan 悲观论者

pessimist

n. pesimista, persona que muestra pesimismo.
References in classic literature ?
I am too much a pessimist to respect my own affections.
you will be deceived just the same," said Athos, who was an optimist when things were concerned, and a pessimist when men were in question.
He was remembered as a man who expressed the opinions of a pessimist in the language of a lounger.
There we had music and cards, and talk about books, and life appeared to me richly worth living; if any one had said this was not the best planet in the universe I should have called him a pessimist, or at least thought him so, for we had not the word in those days.
I'm just sick and tired of living," said the youthful pessimist.
And I remember what another pessimist of sentiency has uttered: "Transient are all.
Nor could the pessimist shake his surety of the three hundred thousand of Alaskan gold he as going to shake out of the moss-roots.
A pessimist is one who never expects to find anything to suit him.
Shelley, who wrote vaudeville turns in the concrete cell, was a chronic pessimist.
Of this he was very proud, and it made him more disposed than ever to laugh at the pessimists.
With the superfluous securities of hope at his command, there was no reason why he should not have increased other people's liabilities to any extent, but for the fact that men whose names were good for anything were usually pessimists, indisposed to believe that the universal order of things would necessarily be agreeable to an agreeable young gentleman.
This is an analysis of the psychology of all those who have the "evil eye" and are pessimists by virtue of their constitutions.