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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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 One note of optimism came from the United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, who was asked about the prospects of a Russian invasion of Ukraine in the hours after the Blinken-Lavrov meeting had concluded. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Every new administration enters office with an agenda of optimism. NBC News, 16 Jan. 2022 The calendar was slimmed down after the omicron variant started its surge in Italy last month, but that live shows went ahead at all was a sign of optimism after January 2021’s digital-only Milan Fashion Week. Colleen Barry, ajc, 15 Jan. 2022 Black-D’Elia is a natural TV lead who is able to convey pain, angst or need with a backspin of optimism. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 Fear of automation is beginning to shift to optimism. Jared Spataro, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 Chief Creative Director Nina Miner credits the spike to the growing optimism consumers feel for 2022. Jenn Barthole, refinery29.com, 20 Dec. 2021 There’s nothing showy in Smith’s performance, which is crucial for a character who’s been beaten down by life but still clings to a defiant optimism. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 The global pandemic has swung us from pessimism to optimism as we near the end of the long dark tunnel, only to whipsaw us back again. John Pierce, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021

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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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The first known use of optimism was in 1759

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optimisation

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24 Jan 2022

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“Optimism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimism. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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

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