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Definition of "pessimist" [pes•si•mist]

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

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Use "pessimist" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "I think that a pessimist is a curse to any country, for after all, any fool can preach the gospel of"
  • "One petroleum engineer -- Michael Economides of the University of Houston -- calls peak oil predictions "the figments of the imaginations of born-again pessimist geologists.""