Panglossian

[ pan-glos-ee-uhn, -glaw-see-, pang- ]
/ pænˈglɒs i ən, -ˈglɔ si-, pæŋ- /

adjective

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

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Origin of Panglossian

1825–35; after Pangloss, an optimistic character in Voltaire's Candide; compare Greek panglossía garrulousness, wordiness (see pan-, glosso-, -y3); see -ian
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