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optimist

[ op-tuh-mist ]
/ ˈɒp tə mɪst /
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noun

an optimistic person.
a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of optimism.

RELATED WORDS

idealist, dreamer, hoper, Pollyanna

Nearby words

opticopupillary, optics, optimal, optime, optimism, optimist, optimistic, optimization, optimize, optimum, optimum dose

Origin of optimist

1760–70; < French optimiste < Latin optim(um) (see optimum) + French -iste -ist
Related formsan·ti·op·ti·mist, noun, adjectiveo·ver·op·ti·mist, nounsu·per·op·ti·mist, noun
Can be confusedcynic optimist pessimist skeptic
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optimist


n.

1759, from French optimiste (1752); see optimism + -ist.

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