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    pessimism


    [pes-uh-miz-uhm]   Example Sentences Origin


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    pes·si·mism


       [pes-uh-miz-uhm] Show IPA


    noun 1. the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions, problems, etc.: His pessimism about the future of our country depresses me.


    2. the doctrine that the existing world is the worst of all possible worlds, or that all things naturally tend to evil.


    3. the belief that the evil and pain in the world are not compensated for by goodness and happiness.


    Origin:
    1785–95; < Latin pessim ( us ), suppletive superlative of malus bad + -ism; modeled on optimism


    Related forms o·ver·pes·si·mism, noun

    the opposite of optimism

    looking on the NEGATIVE side of things AND PUSHING ASIDE ANY positive things!!!...it doesn`t pay to think this way!!!:-z



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