Pessimism Definition

pĕsə-mĭzəm
noun
A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view.
American Heritage
The doctrine or belief that the existing world is the worst possible.
Webster's New World
The doctrine or belief that the evil in life outweighs the good.
Webster's New World
The tendency to expect misfortune or the worst outcome in any circumstances; practice of looking on the dark side of things.
Webster's New World
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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Other Word Forms of Pessimism

Noun

Singular:
pessimism
Plural:
pessimisms

Origin of Pessimism

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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