Definition of pessimism in English:
1A tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen: the dispute cast an air of deep pessimism over the future of the peace talks
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- The birth rate is the lowest in Europe, reflecting deep pessimism about the future and the astonishingly high cost of housing.
- There's no cause for pessimism, we should believe in ourselves and use that self-belief to choose now and irrevocably the path of reform.
- Despite my pessimism I still believe that the situation can be resolved.
2 Philosophy A belief that this world is as bad as it could be or that evil will ultimately prevail over good.
- Kant's pessimism was based on his conception of the nature of living organisms.
- If pessimism has a spiritual godfather it is perhaps the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
- Schopenhauer was the high priest of philosophical pessimism.
late 18th century: from Latin pessimus 'worst', on the pattern of optimism.
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- An effective leader confronts business and life with enthusiasm, isn't a pessimist or a complainer.
- For the pessimists, it has been a year of unbridled gloom, with fears it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better, while the optimists are left grasping for morsels of comfort.
- Shocking as the Kunstkammer exhibition may be, pessimists argue that drinking has always been part of Russian culture and always will be.
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