Definition of pessimistic in English:

pessimistic

Line breaks: pes¦sim|is¦tic
Pronunciation: /ˌpɛsɪˈmɪstɪk
 
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adjective

Tending to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen: he was pessimistic about the prospects
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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

Derivatives

pessimistically

adverb

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