pessimistic

adjective pes·si·mis·tic \ ˌpe-sə-ˈmi-stik also ˌpe-zə- \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of pessimistic

: of, relating to, or characterized by pessimism : gloomy

pessimistically

play \ˌpe-sə-ˈmi-sti-k(ə-)lē also ˌpe-zə-\ adverb

Examples of pessimistic in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of pessimistic

Synonym Discussion of pessimistic

cynical, misanthropic, pessimistic mean deeply distrustful. cynical implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity.
    • cynical about politicians' motives
misanthropic suggests a rooted distrust and dislike of human beings and their society.
    • a solitary and misanthropic artist
pessimistic implies having a gloomy, distrustful view of life.
    • pessimistic about the future

PESSIMISTIC Defined for English Language Learners

pessimistic

adjective

Definition of pessimistic for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing a lack of hope for the future : expecting bad things to happen


PESSIMISTIC Defined for Kids

pessimistic

adjective pes·si·mis·tic \ ˌpe-sə-ˈmi-stik \

Definition of pessimistic for Students

1 : tending to think that bad things will happen
2 : having the belief that evil is more common than good


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