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[pan-glos-ee-uh n, -glaw-see-, pang-] /pænˈglɒs i ən, -ˈglɔ si-, pæŋ-/
characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity.
Origin of Panglossian
1825-35; after Pangloss, an optimistic character in Voltaire's Candide; compare Greek panglossía garrulousness, wordiness (see pan-, glosso-, -y3); see -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When my master adopted the Panglossian view of the universe I used no arguments that might cloud his serenity.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
Word Origin and History for Panglossian

"optimistic" (usually ironic or disparaging), 1831, from French Panglosse, name of the philosopher and tutor in Voltaire's "Candide" (1758), from pan- (see pan-) + Greek glossa, literally "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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