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.

Nearby words

  1. opticopupillary,
  2. optics,
  3. optimal,
  4. optime,
  5. optimism,
  6. optimistic,
  7. optimization,
  8. optimize,
  9. optimum,
  10. 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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Word Origin and History for optimists

optimist

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper