Pessimism Pes"si*mism, n. [L. pessimus worst, superl. of pejor worse: cf. F. pessimisme. Cf. {Impair}.] 1. (Metaph.) The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature is ordered for or tends to the worst, or that the world is wholly evil; -- opposed to {optimism}. [1913 Webster]

2. A disposition to take the least hopeful view of things. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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