pessimist


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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 ?
A pessimist is one who never expects to find anything to suit him.
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.
You call me a pessimist. Is not this pessimism of the blackest?--'All is vanity and vexation of spirit,' 'There is no profit under the sun,' 'There is one event unto all,' to the fool and the wise, the clean and the unclean, the sinner and the saint, and that event is death, and an evil thing, he says.
I am too much a pessimist to respect my own affections.
Shelley, who wrote vaudeville turns in the concrete cell, was a chronic pessimist. St.
He was remembered as a man who expressed the opinions of a pessimist in the language of a lounger.
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.
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.
But may I ask, at heart, are you an optimist or a pessimist? Those seem to be the only two fashionable religions left to us nowadays.
This is an analysis of the psychology of all those who have the "evil eye" and are pessimists by virtue of their constitutions.