Pessimism meaning

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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.

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The doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend toward evil.
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A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view.
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A general belief that bad things will happen.
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The doctrine that this world is the worst of all possible worlds.
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The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.
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The tendency to expect misfortune or the worst outcome in any circumstances; practice of looking on the dark side of things.
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Origin of pessimism

  • French pessimisme (on the model of optimisme optimism) from Latin pessimus worst ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Pessimismus < Latin pessimus (“worst"), superlative of malus (“bad"); coined by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer in 1819.

    From Wiktionary