Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: noun

A disposition to take a gloomy view of affairs.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "pessimism":

  1. He seemed to regret nothing, not even the death of his elder son, nor his estrangement from Vickers, and he had little of the old man's pessimism. - "Together", Robert Herrick (1868-1938).
  2. His savage pessimism is not useless, it is not a mere scorn of humanity and a sneer at its weaknesses. - "Three French Moralists and The Gallantry of France", Edmund Gosse.
  3. Philosophy has so demonstrated this truth, that he who now strives eagerly to attain a moral point of view in harmony with established principles can no longer repeat that note of pessimism, can no longer assert that the world is nature, or that it is the eternal idea from which nature is derived and by which it is made intelligible. - "The Reform of Education", Giovanni Gentile.