a person who habitually sees or anticipates the worst or is disposed to be gloomy.
an adherent of the doctrine of pessimism.

1830–40; pessim(ism) + -ist

cynic, optimist, pessimist, skeptic. Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

"one who habitually expects the worst," 1836, from Fr. pessimiste (see pessimism).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Other pessimists point out that the brain is more than raw processing power.
We were neither quixotic about the future nor dire pessimists about it, either.
To look out in the future, it is better to be optimists than pessimists.
Virgos are notorious pessimists, mind you, so consider my inexorable bias.
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