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


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