- Pessimism is a belief that things are mostly bad.
An example of pessimism is seeing a glass as half empty instead of optimism when the glass is seen as half full.
- the doctrine or belief that the existing world is the worst possible
- the doctrine or belief that the evil in life outweighs the good
- the tendency to expect misfortune or the worst outcome in any circumstances; practice of looking on the dark side of things
Origin: Fr pessimisme from Classical Latin pessimus, worst, superlative of pejor, worse: see pejorative
- pessimist noun
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- 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).
- The doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend toward evil.
- The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.
Origin: French pessimisme (on the model of optimisme, optimism), from Latin pessimus, worst; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
- pesˈsi·mist noun
- pesˌsi·misˈtic adjective
- pesˌsi·misˈti·cal·ly adverb