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[pes-uh-mis-tik] /ˌpɛs əˈmɪs tɪk/
pertaining to or characterized by pessimism or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful:
His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified.
Origin of pessimistic
1865-70; pessimist + -ic
Related forms
pessimistically, adverb
nonpessimistic, adjective
nonpessimistically, adverb
overpessimistic, adjective
overpessimistically, adverb
unpessimistic, adjective
unpessimistically, adverb
despairing, hopeless. See cynical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pessimistic
  • With each passing day I grow more pessimistic about the likelihood of ever owning a flying car.
  • You start to develop a very cynical, pessimistic outlook.
  • Investors are generally pessimistic on makers of computer hard disk drives on fear that new technology will render them obsolete.
  • The captain decided to be pessimistic.
  • The gap between the most optimistic and pessimistic forecasts shrinks as actual data become available.
  • Sure, a few pessimistic sign-readers predicted natural disasters and terrorist attacks.
  • This is true even if we accept the most pessimistic estimates of the world's resources of economically available fossil .
  • This pessimistic view did at least have one redeeming quality.
  • Simon had a pessimistic view of love.
  • No, that's too pessimistic; there are several positive developments.
Word Origin and History for pessimistic

1866, from pessimist + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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