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A tendency to see or anticipate the worst.
[L. pessimus, worst, irreg. superl. of malus, bad]
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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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NOTHING depresses the pessimist more than the sight of an optimist jinxing towards him wearing a smile - curved by the angels, polished by the saints and inspired by God himself.
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Finally, pessimists blame themselves when trouble arises, while the optimists believe that that external factors are the cause.
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A progressive pessimist could have foreseen a future where children would eventually be enslaved within factories, all workers would work sixteen-hour days, and health and safety conditions would be treacherous.
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