adjective pes·si·mis·tic \ˌpe-sə-ˈmis-tik also ˌpe-zə-\

: having or showing a lack of hope for the future : expecting bad things to happen

Full Definition of PESSIMISTIC

:  of, relating to, or characterized by pessimism :  gloomy
pes·si·mis·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


  1. Most doctors were pessimistic that a cure could be found.
  2. The film gives a very pessimistic view of human nature.
  3. He has an extremely negative and pessimistic attitude.

First Known Use of PESSIMISTIC


Synonym Discussion of PESSIMISTIC

cynical, misanthropic, pessimistic mean deeply distrustful. cynical implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity <cynical about politicians' motives>. misanthropic suggests a rooted distrust and dislike of human beings and their society <a solitary and misanthropic artist>. pessimistic implies having a gloomy, distrustful view of life <pessimistic about the future>.

Other Psychology Terms

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PESSIMISTIC Defined for Kids


adjective pes·si·mis·tic \ˌpe-sə-ˈmi-stik\

Definition of PESSIMISTIC for Kids

:  tending to think that bad things will happen
:  having the belief that evil is more common than good


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