Pollyannaism

noun
Pol·​ly·​an·​na·​ism
variants: or less commonly Pollyannism \ -​aˌnizəm \
plural -s

Definition of Pollyannaism

: the overly optimistic and benevolently cheerful state of mind and point of view of a Pollyanna

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“Pollyannaism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pollyannaism. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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