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Definition expecting that things will turn out badly; or focusing on the bad part of things
  • I find the pessimist to be, if not exactly pleasant, then at least sincere.
    Christopher Orlet
  • I've gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He was among the first thinkers of Europe to overcome the pessimism which godlessness generally brings in its wake.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • I think you're giving way to pessimism.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • This long sickness of pessimism is too well known to most of us to be detailed here.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • ...floundered into the morass of pessimism.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • I no longer possess the courage of my pessimism.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • You know, for someone who got brought back to life, you sure are pessimistic.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • And you—why, once you were an old pessimist!
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • JACQUES is heard to say in a feeble voice:] JACQUES: And pessimists!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • It was an end that no prophet had ever foreseen-an end that repudiated optimism and pessimism alike.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • Perhaps I am a pessimist, but you have agreed to forgive me.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Every endeavor is at some point troubled by pessimists.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Quite often social contrariness and a generally pessimistic outlook are observed.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • But this did not mean they would vote for him, and Thomas was pessimistic.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Raoul, with pessimistic foreboding, was convinced that there were only girls next door.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I began to hope that I had been overly pessimistic, that we might be able to live in Mansfield in an atmosphere of peace and understanding after all.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • By the window, even Bert, pessimist of pessimists, was smiling.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • I like it when pessimism goes unrewarded," Jeb mused.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things

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