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[op-tuh-mist] /ˈɒp tə mɪst/
an optimistic person.
a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of optimism.
Origin of optimist
1760-70; < French optimiste < Latin optim(um) (see optimum) + French -iste -ist
Related forms
antioptimist, noun, adjective
overoptimist, noun
superoptimist, noun
Can be confused
cynic, optimist, pessimist, skeptic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I shall speak in the next chapter about optimists and pessimists in their intellectual aspect, so far as they have one.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
  • He and I are supposed to be the two optimists of the Division.

  • The dry high spirits of this destroyer of optimism make most optimists look damp and depressed.

    Candide Voltaire
  • “See what the man can do when his sense of justice is aroused,” said the optimists of the army.

  • It was characteristic of Virginia's fisheries that the pessimists occupied the stage for a while, then the optimists.

Word Origin and History for optimists



1759, from French optimiste (1752); see optimism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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