Simple Definition of pessimism
: a feeling or belief that bad things will happen in the future : a feeling or belief that what you hope for will not happen
Full Definition of pessimism
1 : an inclination to emphasize adverse aspects, conditions, and possibilities or to expect the worst possible outcome
2 a : the doctrine that reality is essentially evil b : the doctrine that evil overbalances happiness in life
pessimistplay \-mist\ noun
Examples of pessimism in a sentence
Although the economy shows signs of improving, a sense of pessimism remains.
Origin and Etymology of pessimism
French pessimisme, from Latin pessimus worst — more at pejorative
First Known Use: 1815
PESSIMISM Defined for Kids
Definition of pessimism for Students
: a feeling or belief that things are usually bad or that bad things will happen
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