From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpessimismpes‧si‧mi‧sm /ˈpesəmɪzəm/ noun [uncountable] a tendency to believe that bad things will happen OPP optimismpessimism about/over There is deep pessimism about the future.
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pessimismVeblen thus precipitated the doubts and pessimism which lurked in the central tradition.In July, with a seeming disavowal of his earlier pessimism, he pushed the market up.How could a philosophy of government that flew in the face of liberal pessimism win votes?A mood of pessimism had lodged in him.This is not a sign of pessimism, but rather of realism.Your optimism is admirable, Mr Barnett, the more so since pessimism is, I suspect, your natural mood.The big firms reckon that this pessimism is overdone.In May, with the sudden spectre of civil war, pessimism turned to panic.pessimism about/overThe markets moved lower on the reports as well as continued pessimism over the economy.On financial markets today, bonds and stocks plunged amid growing pessimism about an early balanced-budget accord.Berger's irrationalist pessimism about the fate of ideas in history is neither fully justified by history nor required by logic.California is not alone in its pessimism over the future of waste disposal.This may take the form of individual optimism or pessimism about likely future events within the territory.Afterwards, Republican pessimism about the latest development was fed by an inspection of the new Clinton-backed budget plan.Baldwin's pessimism about the future was probably genuine, although totally misplaced.Machiavelli and Kearns share a similar pessimism about the changeability of power styles.
Origin pessimism (1700-1800) French pessimisme, from Latin pessimus worst