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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PESSIMISM

His pessimism about his play caused him to exaggerate the enormity of his offences.

He was acquainted with that more or less literary form of pessimism.

Away, for the time, went Jed's pessimism and his hopeless musings.

In other words, she may have married Mr. Jackson in a fit of pessimism.

His disbelief and his pessimism were identical in their structure.

We have found that, properly understood, there is nothing in it to evoke our pessimism.

It stands for hate—also for gloom, depression, pessimism, etc.

Turkey's entrance into the European concert fills him with pessimism.

The superintendent did not take the pessimism too seriously.

Of all forms of pessimism, the metaphysical form was, for a historian, the least enticing.

WORD ORIGIN

1794 "worst condition possible," borrowed (by Coleridge) from French pessimisme, formed (on model of French optimisme) from Latin pessimus "worst," originally "bottom-most," from PIE *ped-samo-, superlative of root *pes- "foot" (see foot (n.)). As a name given to the doctrines of Schopenhauer, Hartmann, etc., that this is the worst possible world, or that everything tends toward evil, it is first recorded 1835, from German pessimismus (Schopenhauer, 1819). The attempt to make a verb of it as pessimize (1862) did not succeed.

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