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pessimistic

[pes-uh-mis-tik] /ˌpɛs əˈmɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or characterized by pessimism or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful:
His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified.
Origin of pessimistic
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70; pessimist + -ic
Related forms
pessimistically, adverb
nonpessimistic, adjective
nonpessimistically, adverb
overpessimistic, adjective
overpessimistically, adverb
unpessimistic, adjective
unpessimistically, adverb
Synonyms
despairing, hopeless.
Synonym Study
See cynical.
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  • There was none to speak of left now except in Africa; and they were pessimistic about Africa.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He had the most pessimistic forebodings of what the future might have in store for him.

  • "I knew he was a quitter;" the woman's companion was pessimistic.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • My thoughts at that period of suffering were pessimistic in the extreme.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • "We hate each other," retorted the pessimistic Number Twelve.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
Word Origin and History for pessimistic
adj.

1866, from pessimist + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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