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optimist

[op-tuh-mist]
noun
  1. an optimistic person.
  2. a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of optimism.
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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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Related Words for optimists

idealist, dreamer, hoper, Pollyanna

Examples from the Web for optimists

Contemporary Examples of optimists

Historical Examples of optimists

  • He and I are supposed to be the two optimists of the Division.

  • There will always be optimists in the countries where "the standards of living are high."

    Suspended Judgments

    John Cowper Powys

  • Some lucky fellows remember the good only; we call them optimists.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • Mr. Durance had prophesied a wailful end ever to the carol of Optimists!

  • They take the place of thinking, and are highly useful to optimists and lecturers.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis


Word Origin and History for optimists

optimist

n.

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

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