Pessimist Pes"si*mist, n. [L. pessimus worst: cf. F. pessimiste.] 1. (Metaph.) One who advocates the doctrine of pessimism; -- opposed to {optimist}. [1913 Webster]

2. One who looks on the dark side of things. [1913 Webster]

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