Definitions

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  • noun One who is unhappy, or extols being miserable as a virtue; a philosopher of pessimism.

Etymologies

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Variant of miserable +‎ -ist, with interconsonant -i- added due to difficulty pronuncing a four-consonant cluster (-blst).

Examples

  • But in hindsight I can’t deny that there was something fundamentally “dark” about the RS books, a kind of miserabilist ruling aesthetic or purple-tinged gothlike mood.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • Something that a gay teen might rather prefer to see than some miserabilist tale aimed at middle-class post-college hipsters and chin-strokers?

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • Something that a gay teen might rather prefer to see than some miserabilist tale aimed at middle-class post-college hipsters and chin-strokers?

    Whatever the Fuck You Want

  • The associated childhood memory is of my miserabilist next-door neighbour, Mr Fletcher, who mowed his lawn twice a week (so it was carpet-like and perfect) and would never give my ball back.

    I can’t mow the lawn, love, it’s a site of special scientific interest « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • For in these miserabilist times we are living in, it has become de rigeur to discuss our fellow citizens with an attitude of contempt.

    Alan Miller: We Are Not What We Eat

  • It lowers the scale of monstrosity so our state of shock is not quite so heightened, our suspension of disbelief not quite so tested, but even at the level of miserabilist British TV soap operas like Eastenders the private narrative is not always as mundane as it purports to be.

    Strange Fiction 4

  • It lowers the scale of monstrosity so our state of shock is not quite so heightened, our suspension of disbelief not quite so tested, but even at the level of miserabilist British TV soap operas like Eastenders the private narrative is not always as mundane as it purports to be.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Most such shops are run by miserabilist Islamist organisations.

    Every Letter a Bullet, Every Word a Bomb

  • Most such shops are run by miserabilist Islamist organisations.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • I still look at the online edition but refuse to pay money for such a miserabilist paper

    The Daily Telegraph v David Cameron: Episode 94

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