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


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


  • 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?

    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.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Most such shops are run by miserabilist Islamist organisations.

    Every Letter a Bullet, Every Word a Bomb

  • 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

  • It might seem incongruous for Kate Moss to end up in a Freud painting: His aesthetic, so redolent of the miserabilist, earnest, existentialist postwar period in which he came artistically of age, seems a far cry from the slick, trashy, ephemeral pop culture epitomized by the cult of celebrity models.

    October 2004

  • You have to be a miserabilist - and I admit I am a sucker for art's bleaker regions - not to take pleasure in Rist's warm baths of light and nature, her sunny uplands and repeated underwater rebirthings, her swoony songs and gleeful mischievousness .

    The Guardian World News

  • This is the Beckett of popular legend: a professional miserabilist who was never happier than when unhappy, an Eeyore who spent his life wistfully hanging around outside the knackers' yard. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph


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