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optimist

[op-tuh-mist] /ˈɒp tə mɪst/
noun
1.
an optimistic person.
2.
a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of optimism.
Origin of optimist
1760-1770
1760-70; < French optimiste < Latin optim(um) (see optimum) + French -iste -ist
Related forms
antioptimist, noun, adjective
overoptimist, noun
superoptimist, noun
Can be confused
cynic, optimist, pessimist, skeptic.
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  • He and I are supposed to be the two optimists of the Division.

  • There will always be optimists in the countries where "the standards of living are high."

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • Some lucky fellows remember the good only; we call them optimists.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Mr. Durance had prophesied a wailful end ever to the carol of optimists!

  • They take the place of thinking, and are highly useful to optimists and lecturers.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
Word Origin and History for optimists

optimist

n.

1759, from French optimiste (1752); see optimism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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