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A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic.

[After the heroine of the novel Pollyanna, , by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868-1920), American writer.]
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a person who is constantly or excessively optimistic
[C20: after the chief character in Pollyanna (1913), a novel by Eleanor Porter (1868–1920), US writer]
ˌPollyˈannaish, ˌpollyˈannish adj
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(ˌpɒl iˈæn ə)

n., pl. -nas.
an excessively optimistic person.
[1920–25, Amer.; from the child heroine created by Eleanor Porter (1868–1920), U.S. writer]
Pol`ly•an′na•ish, adj.
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One who expects a favorable outcome or dwells on hopeful aspects:
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[pɒlɪˈænə] Noptimista mf redomado/a
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Perhaps it seems Pollyannish or tasteless to trumpet progress at a time when there is so much butchery, misrule and threat hanging over us.
We must be neither Pollyannish nor cynical, but instead constructively skeptical -- to tirelessly search for truth, to think critically, to challenge our own views at the same time we're challenging those of others.
James Mann, the author of 2008's 'The China Fantasy: Why Capitalism Will Not Bring Democracy to China', cited the long history of Pollyannish statements about China."Trade freely with China, and time is on our side," George W Bush said, while Bill Clinton called the opening of China's political system,"inevitable, just as inevitably the Berlin Wall fell." Just like Gordon Chang's notorious 2001 book The Coming Collapse of China, Bush and Clinton might be right but early: It's certainly possible China liberalises and democratises it's just very unlikely.
Still, the point is well made that 2014 ended Pollyannish views that violent Sunni extremism was on the ropes.
Find the Good--described by its jacket as "short chapters that help us unlearn the habit--and it is a habit--of seeing only the negatives"--will likely strike some people as Pollyannish. It's not always easy to find the good in the face of horrific events and personal trials and tribulations.
Under the right conditions, individuals and entities can and do forego extremes of tribal partisanship in practice all the time; (100) it is not pollyannish to consciously seek those conditions in institutional design.
Needless to say, for Zenko rolling back militarization does not mean contempt for the military, and a running theme in his work is how civilian politicians and editorial writers take a more Pollyannish view than most brass about the problem-solving capabilities of lethal violence.
I no longer hold some Pollyannish belief that polar bears will somehow survive, that next winter the pack ice will miraculously grow, that the flat-Earth crowd claiming global warming is a myth may be right.
The commissioners saw their work as a Pollyannish re-embedding of economic decisionmaking within a larger social framework: 'The rights and risks approach we propose will raise the importance of social and environmental dimensions of dams to a level once reserved for the economic dimension." (60)
Comparing the modest origins of the Court's no-fault V&R policy with today's expansive denouement should make even the most Pollyannish reformer believe in camel's noses, wedges, and slippery slopes").
The other books that provided my summer holiday entertainment (as in reading the script of a horror movie) are much more strident, much more hard-hitting, much more pessimistic than Klare's Pollyannish work.