[ pes-uh-mis-tik ]
/ ˌpɛs əˈmɪs tɪk /


pertaining to or characterized by pessimism or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful: His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified.

Origin of pessimistic

First recorded in 1865–70; pessimist + -ic

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Synonym study

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

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