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Meaning of PESSIMISM

Pronunciation:  'pesu`mizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
\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
 
 Related Terms: anxiety, apprehension, blank despondency, cliff-hanging, cynicism, death wish, defeatism, dejectedness, dejection, depression, despair, despondency, despondentness, discouragement, disheartenment, dismalness, dispiritedness, down trip, downcastness, downer, downheartedness, dread, drooping spirits, expectant waiting, gloominess, gloomy outlook, heartlessness, hopelessness, low spirits, lowness, lowness of spirit, malaise, malism, negativism, nihilism, oppression, retreatism, Schmerz, self-destructive urge, sinking heart, Slough of Despond, spiritlessness, suicidal despair, suspense, taedium vitae, uncertainty, uncheerfulness, waiting, weariness of life
 

 

 

 

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