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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things; The feeling that things will turn out badly.

Usage examples (38)
  • "It depends on what you call pessimism," Lorne rejoined.
  • The reason for my pessimism is the imbalances in trade between the members: Japan, United States, Europe and Asia.
  • That which they call pessimism in Swift and in Byron is only a burning, sharp protest against the imperfection of life and man.
  • His style and every present pessimism is dragging. for more
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