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pessimist

[pes-uh-mist] /ˈpɛs ə mɪst/
noun
1.
a person who habitually sees or anticipates the worst or is disposed to be gloomy.
2.
an adherent of the doctrine of pessimism.
Origin of pessimist
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; pessim(ism) + -ist
Can be confused
cynic, optimist, pessimist, skeptic.
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n.

1820, "one who habitually expects the worst" (Knowles' dictionary, 1835, defines it as "A universal complainer"), from 19c. French pessimiste (see pessimism).

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