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Syllabification: op·ti·mism
Pronunciation: /ˈäptəˌmizəm

Definition of optimism in English:


1Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something: the talks had been amicable, and there were grounds for optimism
More example sentences
  • I think in the '60s there was a certain amount of optimism about the future in technology.
  • Young officers like me could look forward to the future with confidence, hope and optimism.
  • Princess Anne officially reopened Westbury Dairies offering words of hope and optimism for the future of the plant.
hopefulness, hope, confidence, buoyancy, cheer, cheerfulness, good cheer, sanguineness, positiveness, positive attitude
2 Philosophy The doctrine, especially as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.
Example sentences
  • His early optimism was soon overshadowed by a radical doctrine of grace.
  • Candide, Voltaire's critique of optimism, is itself an ineliminably upbeat book.
2.1The belief that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe.
Example sentences
  • Natural theology was above all a counsel of optimism, a belief in the essential goodness of the Creator.
  • I have great faith in optimism as a philosophy, if only because it offers us the opportunity of self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Subsequent wars and revolutions have made Kant's optimism unfashionable.


mid 18th century: from French optimisme, from Latin optimum 'best thing' (see optimum).



Example sentences
  • Demand may already have overtaken production, and even extreme optimists predict that production will peak before 2015.
  • Call them the grand optimists of American small business, if you like.
  • Where did the optimists think the traffic would go?

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