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pessimistic

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pessimistic

  1. 1 emphasizing or expecting the worst with that pessimistic attitude, it's no wonder you're depressed Synonyms of pessimistic bearish, defeatist, despairing, downbeat, hopeless Words Related to pessimistic cynical, fatalistic, nihilist, nihilistic; desperate, discouraging, disheartening, inauspicious, unlikely, unpromising; bleak, cheerless, comfortless, depressing, desolate, dismal, dreary, funereal, gloomy, morose, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen; grim; contrary, hostile, negative Near Antonyms of pessimistic auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, promising, propitious; cheering, comforting, reassuring; favorable, good, positive; idealist, romantic, utopian, visionary; cheerful, cheery, chipper, sunny Antonyms of pessimistic hopeful, optimistic, Panglossian, Pollyanna, Pollyannaish (also Polyannish), rose-colored, rosy, upbeat

  2. 2 having or showing a deep distrust of human beings and their motives pessimistic about the prospects for a lasting peace in the area Synonyms of pessimistic misanthropic, cynicalWords Related to pessimistic distrustful, mistrustful, negativist, negativistic, skeptical, suspicious; derisive, mocking, sardonic, scornful; defeatist, fatalistic, negative; ironic (also ironical), sarcastic; jaded, sophisticated, worldly-wise; hard-bitten, hard-boiled, hardcase, hard-edged, unsentimentalNear Antonyms of pessimistic trustful, trusting, unsuspicious; cheerful, optimistic, positive, positivist, positivistic, rose-colored; ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), unsophisticated; idealistic, impractical, romantic; maudlin, mushy, saccharine, sappy, sentimentalAntonyms of pessimistic uncynical

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


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