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[op-tuh-mist] /ˈɒp tə mɪst/
an optimistic person.
a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of optimism.
Origin of optimist
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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