- a person who habitually sees or anticipates the worst or is disposed to be gloomy.
- an adherent of the doctrine of pessimism.
Origin of pessimist
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Examples from the Web for pessimist
Like Sendak, Miyazaki is somewhat cranky—a pessimist at odds with modernity.Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’: An Anime Icon Bows Out
November 15, 2013
Pessimist: But most of the new jobs being created pay much less than the jobs lost in 2008-2009.
Pessimist: Which is a big reason why young people find it so difficult to get started in life.
Pessimist: When surveyed, boomers tell us their preferred retirement age is 68.
Pessimist: But 368,000 people quit the work force altogether.
He was not sanguine, and a French pessimist is the worst thing of the kind that is to be found.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Mark Twain was not a pessimist in his heart, but only by premeditation.
Mr. Clemens, you are not a pessimist, you only think you are.
Though very far from being a pessimist, he was not a man of foolish illusions.Victory
The pessimist says "Business is not half as good as it would be if it was twice as good as it is."Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Word Origin and History for pessimist
1820, "one who habitually expects the worst" (Knowles' dictionary, 1835, defines it as "A universal complainer"), from 19c. French pessimiste (see pessimism).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper