[pan-glos-ee-uh n, -glaw-see-, pang-]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of panglossian

  • When my master adopted the Panglossian view of the universe I used no arguments that might cloud his serenity.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

Word Origin and History for panglossian



"optimistic" (usually ironic or disparaging), 1831, from French Panglosse, name of the philosopher and tutor in Voltaire's "Candide" (1758), from pan- (see pan-) + Greek glossa, literally "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper