pessimist

noun pes·si·mist \ ˈpe-sə-mist also ˈpe-zə- \

Definition of pessimist

plural pessimists
:a person who is inclined to expect poor outcomes :someone who is given to pessimism
  • … such was the success of the first venture that many must now be optimistic where most were pessimists at the beginning of the year and for several years before.
  • —Francis Byrne
  • For pessimists, the heavens offer a host of doomsday scenarios—an asteroid crashing into Earth or deadly cosmic rays raining down on the planet.
  • —R. Cowen

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Origin and Etymology of pessimist

pessim(ism) + 1-ist, after French pessimiste


PESSIMIST Defined for Kids

pessimist

noun pes·si·mist \ ˈpe-sə-mist \

Definition of pessimist for Students

:a person who habitually expects bad things to happen or thinks things are bad


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