pessimistic

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
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adj expecting the worst possible outcome

Synonyms:
hopeless
without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
bearish
expecting prices to fall
demoralised, demoralized, discouraged, disheartened
made less hopeful or enthusiastic
negative
characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
Antonyms:
optimistic
expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
hopeful
having or manifesting hope
bullish
expecting a rise in prices
cheerful, pollyannaish, upbeat
pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
rose-colored, rosy
reflecting optimism
starry-eyed
unrealistically or naively optimistic
sanguine
confidently optimistic and cheerful
positive
characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
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