Noun(1) the feeling that things will turn out badly(2) a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
(1) The birth rate is the lowest in Europe, reflecting deep pessimism about the future and the astonishingly high cost of housing.(2) Invariably over the next couple of weeks there will be bouts of optimism and pessimism in world financial markets.(3) Official optimism was replaced by a searching and comparatively realistic pessimism .(4) We have found that a deliberative mindset induced greater realism and not more pessimism .(5) Kant's pessimism was based on his conception of the nature of living organisms.(6) Nietzsche saw himself breaking away from Schopenhauer's pessimism by rejecting what he saw as his monism.(7) Schopenhauer was the high priest of philosophical pessimism .(8) Optimism turns to pessimism and a growing sense of helplessness, however, as funds are depleted and rejection letters arrive.(9) Despite my pessimism I still believe that the situation can be resolved.(10) If pessimism has a spiritual godfather it is perhaps the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.(11) To recognize that war is inevitable is not pessimism , but political realism.(12) Hobbes and Cavendish shared pessimism about human nature, and an anxiety about ethical and linguistic relativism.(13) I believed that no situation could be made better by pessimism or worry.(14) the dispute cast an air of deep pessimism over the future of the peace talks(15) Yet there is reason to believe that the pessimism about the East German economy is overdone.(16) That guarded optimism has been replaced by downright pessimism because the bottom of the decline is still not in sight.
1. defeatism ::
3. doom and gloom ::
6. cynicism ::
7. fatalism ::
9. depression ::
10. despair ::
11. despondency ::
12. angst ::
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