Definition of Pessimist

1. Noun. A person who expects the worst.

Specialized synonyms: Defeatist, Negativist
Generic synonyms: Doubter, Sceptic, Skeptic
Antonyms: Optimist
Derivative terms: Pessimism, Pessimism



Definition of Pessimist

1. n. One who advocates the doctrine of pessimism; -- opposed to optimist.

2. a. Of or pertaining to pessimism; characterized by pessimism; gloomy; foreboding.

Definition of Pessimist

1. Noun. Someone who given a choice of outcomes, believes the worst is more likely. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pessimist

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Medical Definition of Pessimist

1. 1. One who advocates the doctrine of pessimism; opposed to optimist. 2. One who looks on the dark side of things. Origin: L. Pessimus worst: cf. F. Pessimiste. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Pessimist

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Story of Our Bible: How it Grew to be what it is by Harold Bruce Hunting (1915)
"One of them, Ecclesiastes, was written by a pessimist. ... THE AUTHOR OF ECCLESIASTES The pessimist was probably a priest in the temple at Jerusalem who ..."

2. Studies in History and Jurisprudence by James Bryce Bryce (1901)
"If he is a reasonable pessimist, he will admit that Obedience may be expected to become more and more a product of reason rather than of mere indolence or ..."

3. Studies in History and Jurisprudence by James Bryce Bryce (1901)
"Having heard the optimist, we must let the pessimist also state his case. If he is a reasonable pessimist, he will admit that Obedience may be expected to ..."

4. Studies in History and Jurisprudence by James Bryce Bryce (1901)
"Having heard the optimist, we must let the pessimist also state his case. If he is a reasonable pessimist, he will admit that Obedience may be expected to ..."

5. Life of Richard Wagner by Carl Friedrich Glasenapp, William Ashton Ellis (1908)
"I. THE pessimist. Return to Zurich; death of dog Peps. ... Fourfold pessimist root; t's it vital to the main idea 1 A ray of hope: the Will may "better. ..."

6. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"pessimist AND OPTIMIST This one sits shivering in Fortune's smile, Taking his joy with bated, doubtful breath. This other, gnawed by hunger, all the while ..."

7. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"pessimist AND OPTIMIST This one sits shivering in Fortune's smile, Taking his joy with bated, doubtful breath. This other, gnawed by hunger, all the while ..."

8. The American Stage of To-day by Walter Prichard Eaton (1908)
"WE met our friend the pessimist, who usually has a grouch on the capacities of the dramatic form, and he was smiling blandly. " What is this ? " we cried. ..."

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