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Meaning of PESSIMIST

Pronunciation:  'pesumist

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a person who expects the worst
 

PESSIMIST is a 9 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Antonyms: optimist
 
 See Also: defeatist, doubter, negativist, sceptic, skeptic

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pes"si*mist\, n. [L. pessimus worst: cf. F.
    pessimiste.]
    1. (Metaph.) One who advocates the doctrine of pessimism; --
       opposed to {optimist}.
    
    2. One who looks on the dark side of things.
    
    
  2. \Pes"si*mist\, Pessimistic \Pes`si*mis"tic\, a.
    (Metaph.)
    Of or pertaining to pessimism; characterized by pessimism;
    gloomy; foreboding. ``Giving utterance to pessimistic
    doubt.'' --Encyc. Brit.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: calamity howler, Cassandra, crepehanger, cynic, damp, damper, defeatist, Eeyore, fussbudget, killjoy, malist, misanthrope, negativist, nihilist, prophet of doom, retreatist, seek-sorrow, spoilsport, wet blanket, worrywart
 

 

 

 

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