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[pes-uh-mist] /ˈpɛs ə mɪst/
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
Can be confused
cynic, optimist, pessimist, skeptic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pessimists
  • 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.
  • Global warming tends to inspire great huddles of pessimists and smaller gaggles of optimists.
  • Everything is connected: the movie embodies chaos theory for social pessimists.
  • pessimists take longer to get persuaded that there really is a boom.
  • pessimists-many of whom weighed in during the ensuing decade-reckoned a number closer to zero.
  • But they are not historical pessimists, or not entirely.
  • Collier describes his own position as advocating a reasonable middle way between aid optimists and pessimists.
Word Origin and History for pessimists



1820, "one who habitually expects the worst" (Knowles' dictionary, 1835, defines it as "A universal complainer"), from 19c. French pessimiste (see pessimism).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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