Dictionary

pessimistic

pessimistic

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

Examples of PESSIMISTIC

  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

1868

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: pessimumPrevious Word in the Dictionary: pessimismAll Words Near: pessimistic
February 28, 2015
pontificate Hear it
To speak pompously or dogmatically
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears