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pessimist

[ pes-uh-mist ]
/ ˈpɛs ə mɪst /
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noun

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

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Origin of pessimist

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pessimist

cynic, optimist, pessimist , skeptic

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