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Meaning of PESSIMISM

Pronunciation:  'pesu`mizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
  2. [n]  the feeling that things will turn out badly

PESSIMISM is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Antonyms: optimism, optimism
 See Also: cynicism, despair, disposition, temperament



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pes"si*mism\, n. [L. pessimus worst, superl. of pejor
worse: cf. F. pessimisme. Cf. {Impair}.]
1. (Metaph.) The opinion or doctrine that everything in
   nature is ordered for or tends to the worst, or that the
   world is wholly evil; -- opposed to {optimism}.

2. A disposition to take the least hopeful view of things.

Thesaurus Terms
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