Definition of miserabilism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪz(ə)rəbɪlɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
Gloomy pessimism or negativity: the duo spent much of the eighties exploring the lonely outer reaches of miserabilism
More example sentences
  • England's World Cup song should embrace the national pastimes of miserabilism and self-deprecation.
  • Salinger's mother was a member of the Scottish diaspora: perhaps Holden Caulfield's existentialist gloom owes more to Scottish miserabilism than to adolescent angst.
  • Rather than being just a study in Scottish miserabilism Burnside's new book is a chilling display case of grotesques, shot through with a bleak and mordant humour.



Pronunciation: /ˈmɪz(ə)rəbɪlɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • No sooner had the heatwave happened than risk managers, health experts and media miserabilists were rolling up their sleeves and warning us about ‘the dangers of heat’.
  • Contrary to the impression given by some miserabilists today, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be famous.
  • His patented miserabilist lyrics are sharper than ever - ‘I wrote your name with fireworks in the sky / But you never turned up to see it’ he intones on ‘Serenade’.

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