Tending to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen: he was pessimistic about the prospects
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- The most pessimistic observers believe everything is stacking up for a crash.
- Civil War combat had hardened him to a pessimistic expectation of repeated failure.
- A spokesman for the 13 workers involved in the dispute said they felt pessimistic about the prospect of a settlement.
gloomy, negative, defeatist, downbeat, gloom-ridden, cynical, bleak, fatalistic, dark, black, despairing, despondent, depressed, dejected, demoralized, hopeless, melancholy, glum, lugubrious, suspicious, distrustful, doubting, alarmist
informal given to looking on the black side
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