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Friday, April 08, 2005

Definitions for Panglossian

  1. characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity.

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Citations for Panglossian
During a career in which Mr. Wattenberg often presented a rosy view of the trajectory of the United States, some critics called him Panglossian. But he said the country had a long record supporting his beliefs. "In American history," Mr. Wattenberg once wrote, "the evidence suggests that it is the optimist who has been the realist." Emily Langer, "Ben J. Wattenberg, writer and television commentator, dies at 81," Washington Post, June 29, 2015
How does somebody with your kind of Panglossian constitution determine whether you're ever being lied to… David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, 1996
Origin of Panglossian
Panglossian is derived from the name of a character in Voltaire's Candide, Dr. Pangloss, who believes that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds."