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A tendency to see or anticipate the worst.
[L. pessimus, worst, irreg. superl. of malus, bad]


Etymology: L, pessimus, worst
the inclination to anticipate the worst possible results from any action or situation or to emphasize unfavorable conditions, even when progress or gain might reasonably be expected. pessimist, n.


A frame of mind marked by loss of hope, confidence, or trust in a good outcome, even when such an outcome is likely. See: optimism

therapeutic pessimism

Nihilism (1).
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Italy) traces the waxing and waning of democratic ideals and practices in Europe from its first stirrings in Ancient Greece to, as he pessimistically concludes, its defeat at the hands of an oligarchic "freedom.
He clearly thinks that the first of the two (a contractual civil organization, the purpose of which is to act as kind of neutral referee) is preferable to the "universitas," which points toward totalitarian, or at least totalizing tendencies (by establishing targets and by asking for a certain degree of uniformity of the participants), although he pessimistically (and, alas, realistically, I would say) sees "universitas" as gaining ground in the last two centuries.