Definitions

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  • n. Someone who given a choice of outcomes, believes the worst is more likely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to pessimism; characterized by pessimism; gloomy; foreboding.
  • n. One who advocates the doctrine of pessimism; -- opposed to optimist.
  • n. One who looks on the dark side of things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who accepts the metaphysical doctrine of pessimism, in either sense.
  • n. One who exaggerates the evils of life or is disposed to see only its dark side; one who is given to melancholy or depressing views of life.
  • Same as pessimistic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who expects the worst

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Examples

  • In popular language the term pessimist is applied to persons who habitually take a melancholy view of life, to whom painful experiences appeal with great intensity, and who have little corresponding appreciation of pleasurable ones.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • I think that a pessimist is a curse to any country, for after all, any fool can preach the gospel of

    Canadian Unity

  • One petroleum engineer -- Michael Economides of the University of Houston -- calls peak oil predictions "the figments of the imaginations of born-again pessimist geologists."

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  • Before five minutes are up, the pessimist is screaming and wailing in his room.

    Art of Possibility (Copy)

  • And, you know, as I said, as a long-term pessimist, I'm looking at this and thinking maybe this is a point where everybody is tired of all the death and killing.

    CNN Transcript Jun 4, 2003

  • Ms. O'TOOLE: Well, I have -- I-- I finally figured out that I'm a short-term pessimist and a long-term optimist.

    Money & Morals in America

  • A true Christian is a short term pessimist but a long term optimist.

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  • I don't remember the name of the great Frenchman, but he was a man of perception who said that the optimist lives in the world, and the pessimist is only a spectator.

    Some Conditions in Australia

  • There is nothing for it except to be a “short-term pessimist” i.e. to keep out of politics, make a sort of oasis within which you and your friends can remain sane, and hope that somehow things will be better in a hundred years.

    Collected Essays

  • He is often called a pessimist, for his "heavy sadness of disillusion"; but he is never bitter.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 5

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