Pessimistic describes the state of mind of someone who always expects the worst. A pessimistic attitude isn't very hopeful, shows little optimism, and can be a downer for everyone else.

To be pessimistic means you believe evil outweighs the good and that bad things are more likely to happen. So pessimistic people are usually pretty negative. And kind of a bummer to be around. Think of Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh's perpetually gloomy friend. The word comes to us, not surprisingly, from the Latin pessimus — meaning "worst."

Definitions of pessimistic
  1. adjective
    expecting the worst possible outcome
    without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
    expecting prices to fall
    demoralised, demoralized, discouraged, disheartened
    made less hopeful or enthusiastic
    characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
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    expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
    having or manifesting hope
    expecting a rise in prices
    cheerful, pollyannaish, upbeat
    pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
    rose-colored, rosy
    reflecting optimism
    unrealistically or naively optimistic
    confidently optimistic and cheerful
    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
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Commonly confused words

optimistic / pessimistic

An optimistic person expects all the best things to happen! Is it raining money yet? A pessimistic person is a downer. Who cares if it's raining money? They'll never get any.

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