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a person who views a situation with unwarranted optimism
Derived Forms
Panglossian, adjective
Word Origin
C19: after Dr Pangloss, a character in Voltaire's Candide (1759)
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  • This,” said he, “is a book that was once the delight of the great pangloss, the best philosopher in Germany.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • pangloss was professor of metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-nigology.

    Candide Voltaire
  • It was audacious in me, but I took another liberty with pangloss.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • pangloss explained to him how everything was so constituted that it could not be better.

    Candide Voltaire
  • But all for the best, as my fellow philosopher, pangloss, says.

  • "This concussion of the earth is no new thing," answered pangloss.

    Candide Voltaire
  • Jefferson has had the character of pangloss in his repertory for almost forty years.

    Shadows of the Stage William Winter
  • pangloss most cruelly deceived me when he said that everything in the world is for the best.

    Candide Voltaire
  • That it secured its beneficent results untempered by any mixture of evil, can only be maintained by men as mad as Doctor pangloss.

  • During their voyage they reasoned a good deal on the philosophy of poor pangloss.

    Candide Voltaire

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