Origin of pessimism
Examples from the Web for pessimism
My pessimism leads me to fight harder, or try to understand how I can do it differently.
But the comment is a sign of the pessimism spreading through the ranks of the security forces.Kabul Airport Attack Comes as Pakistani Fighters Join Afghan Taliban|Sami Yousafzai|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This pessimism may be the most realistic view of the climate crisis.Climate Change Needs the Politics of the Impossible|Jedediah Purdy|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Spirits were high as blood-red farm equipment was on the march, crushing doubts and pessimism like so many misplaced forearms!Sochi’s Impenetrable, Utterly Russian Opening Ceremony|Kelly Williams Brown|February 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But acquiescing to that pessimism means acquiescing to new spasms of terrible violence.The Conversation Israel and Palestine Needs to Have|Peter Beinart, Alan M. Dershowitz|December 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The temperament and theory described as pessimism are European.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)|Charles Eliot
This new standard of human dignity plunged Troy into the lowest depths of pessimism.The Marne|Edith Wharton
But pessimism is more a matter of temperament than statistics.Working With the Working Woman|Cornelia Stratton Parker
Thus, as he escaped from Schopenhauer's pessimism, he plucked from his heart his affection for Wagner.Egoists|James Huneker
In the fourth chapter the writer goes more deeply into this pessimism.Ten Great Religions|James Freeman Clarke
Word Origin for pessimism
1794 "worst condition possible," borrowed (by Coleridge) from French pessimisme, formed (on model of French optimisme) from Latin pessimus "worst," originally "bottom-most," from PIE *ped-samo-, superlative of root *pes- "foot" (see foot (n.)). As a name given to the doctrines of Schopenhauer, Hartmann, etc., that this is the worst possible world, or that everything tends toward evil, it is first recorded 1835, from German pessimismus (Schopenhauer, 1819). The attempt to make a verb of it as pessimize (1862) did not succeed.