optimism

noun
op·​ti·​mism | \ ˈäp-tə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce optimism (audio) \

Definition of optimism

1 : a doctrine that this world is the best possible world
2 : an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome expressed optimism about the future of the business the optimism of cheerleaders

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Synonyms & Antonyms for optimism

Synonyms

bullishness, sanguinity

Antonyms

bearishness, pessimism

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Examples of optimism in a Sentence

Both of them expressed optimism about the future of the town. The early sales reports are cause for optimism. There is growing optimism that the problem can be corrected. He maintains a sense of optimism, despite all that has happened.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Copper prices edged higher Monday, boosted by optimism about Chinese measures to stimulate economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper Inches Up on Hopes of Chinese Stimulus," 18 Mar. 2019 Brendon Urie has a rare gift for unflinching optimism. Ilana Kaplan, GQ, "Brendon Urie Finds Peace! At the Disco," 20 June 2018 All of this is reason for optimism in the face of adversity. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 Over a decade ago, when social media first became a standard part of daily life, there was so much justifiable reason for optimism. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince William Offers a Bold Condemnation of Social Media Companies at the BBC Headquarters," 15 Nov. 2018 The western state’s tilt toward Democrats in recent years gives the opposition party reason for some optimism. Fortune, "Trump Defends Immigration Policy on Nevada Trip," 23 June 2018 It’s full of much more optimism and faith in one’s good character. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Better known as mums, the chrysanthemum flower is a symbol of optimism and joy. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "12 Best Valentine's Day Flower Arrangements for That Special Someone," 18 Dec. 2018 But a nagging question has been hanging over the industry: Would banks, taking their cue from rising economic optimism and a friendlier White House, significantly increase their lending to businesses and households? Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of optimism

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for optimism

borrowed from French optimisme, from Latin optimum "the best, optimum" + French -isme -ism

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optimism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of optimism

: a feeling or belief that good things will happen in the future : a feeling or belief that what you hope for will happen

optimism

noun
op·​ti·​mism | \ ˈäp-tə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce optimism (audio) \

Kids Definition of optimism

: a feeling or belief that good things will happen

optimism

noun
op·​ti·​mism | \ ˈäp-tə-ˌmiz-əm How to pronounce optimism (audio) \

Medical Definition of optimism

: an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome

Other Words from optimism

optimist \ -​məst How to pronounce optimist (audio) \ noun
optimistic \ ˌäp-​tə-​ˈmis-​tik How to pronounce optimistic (audio) \ adjective

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