[ pes-uh-mist ]
/ ˈpɛs ə mɪst /


a person who habitually sees or anticipates the worst or is disposed to be gloomy.
an adherent of the doctrine of pessimism.

Origin of pessimist

First recorded in 1830–40; pessim(ism) + -ist

Can be confused

cynic optimist pessimist skeptic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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