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optimism

[ op-tuh-miz-uhm ]
/ ˈɒp təˌmɪz əm /
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noun

a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world.
the belief that goodness pervades reality.
the doctrine that the existing world is the best of all possible worlds.

Nearby words

opticokinetic nystagmus, opticopupillary, optics, optimal, optime, optimism, optimist, optimistic, optimization, optimize, optimum

Origin of optimism

1730–40; < French optimisme < Latin optim(um) (see optimum) + French -isme -ism
SYNONYMS FOR optimism
ANTONYMS FOR optimism
Related formsan·ti·op·ti·mism, nouno·ver·op·ti·mism, noun
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Examples from the Web for overoptimism

  • And so Jindal's mix of anger and overoptimism fits the moment.

    How Oil Saved Bobby Jindal|Reihan Salam|May 21, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • I urged the PM to be cautious about overoptimism in giving out the news.

British Dictionary definitions for overoptimism (1 of 2)

overoptimism

/ (ˌəʊvərˈɒptɪˌmɪzəm) /

noun

excessive hopefulness or confidence

British Dictionary definitions for overoptimism (2 of 2)

optimism

/ (ˈɒptɪˌmɪzəm) /

noun

the tendency to expect the best and see the best in all things
hopefulness; confidence
the doctrine of the ultimate triumph of good over evil
the philosophical doctrine that this is the best of all possible worlds
Compare pessimism
Derived Formsoptimist, nounoptimistic or optimistical, adjectiveoptimistically, adverb

Word Origin for optimism

C18: from French optimisme, from Latin optimus best, superlative of bonus good
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Word Origin and History for overoptimism

optimism


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