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pessimistic

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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.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Adj.1.pessimistic - expecting the worst possible outcome
hopeless - without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success; "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"
negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
optimistic - expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds; "in an optimistic mood"; "optimistic plans"; "took an optimistic view"

pessimistic
Translations
pessimistic [ˌpesɪˈmɪstɪk] ADJpesimista
he is pessimistic about the futurees pesimista en lo que al futuro se refiere

pessimistic [ˌpɛsɪˈmɪstɪk] adj [forecast, view] → pessimiste; [person] → pessimiste
to be pessimistic about sth → être pessimiste sur qch
Not everyone is so pessimistic about the future → Tout le monde n'est pas si pessimiste sur l'avenir.

pessimistic
adjpessimistisch; I’m rather pessimistic about itda bin ich ziemlich pessimistisch, da sehe ich ziemlich schwarz (inf); I’m pessimistic about our chances of successich bin pessimistisch, was unsere Erfolgschancen angeht, ich sehe schwarz für unsere Erfolgschancen (inf)

pessimistic [ˌpɛsɪˈmɪstɪk] adj (attitude, forecast) → pessimistico/a; (person) → pessimista

pessimistic مُتَشَائِمٌ pesimistický pessimistisk pessimistisch απαισιόδοξος pesimista pessimistinen pessimiste pesimističan pessimistico 悲観的な 비관적인 pessimistisch pessimistisk pesymistyczny pessimista пессимистический pessimistisk ที่มองโลกในแง่ร้าย kötümser bi quan 悲观的
pessimistic
a.  pesimista.


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Raoul, with pessimistic foreboding, was convinced that there were only girls next door.
He looks upon life and all its affairs with the jaundiced eye of a pessimistic German philosopher.
With all its gifts and opportunities it was a melancholy life-- melancholy with something not altogether explained by the somewhat pessimistic philosophy exposed in the Journal, nor by the consumptive tendency of Amiel's physical constitution, causing him from a very early date to be much preoccupied with the effort to reconcile himself with the prospect of death, and reinforcing the far from sanguine temperament of one intellectually also a poitrinaire.
 
 
 
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