optimist

[op-tuh-mist]
noun
1.
an optimistic person.
2.
a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of optimism.

Origin:
1760–70; < French optimiste < Latin optim(um) (see optimum) + French -iste -ist

antioptimist, noun, adjective
overoptimist, noun
superoptimist, noun

cynic, optimist, pessimist, skeptic.
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optimism (ˈɒptɪˌmɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the tendency to expect the best and see the best in all things
2.  hopefulness; confidence
3.  the doctrine of the ultimate triumph of good over evil
4.  the philosophical doctrine that this is the best of all possible worlds
 
[C18: from French optimisme, from Latin optimus best, superlative of bonus good]
 
'optimist
 
n
 
opti'mistic
 
adj
 
opti'mistical
 
adj
 
opti'mistically
 
adv

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optimist
1766, from Fr. optimiste (see optimism).
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Example sentences
But as one conference speaker put it, it is better to be an optimist and wrong than a pessimist and right.
Everyone's an optimist, so they blind themselves to downside risks.
Here is one optimist's reason for believing unity will prevail over disunity, integration over disintegration.
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