pessimistic

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adjective pes·si·mis·tic \ˌpe-sə-ˈmis-tik also ˌpe-zə-\

Definition of pessimistic

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

pessimistically

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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.

1868

First Known Use of pessimistic

1868

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

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adjective pes·si·mis·tic \ˌpe-sə-ˈmis-tik also ˌpe-zə-\

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

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

Definition of pessimistic for Students

  1. 1 :  tending to think that bad things will happen

  2. 2 :  having the belief that evil is more common than good



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