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optimistic
used in Candide

8 uses
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Definition
expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
  • Voltaire's men and women point his case against optimism by starting high and falling low.
    Introduction (28% in)
optimism = a tendency to expect and see the best in all things
  • And he would choose a more complicated doctrine than Dr. Pangloss's optimism, would study it more closely, feel his destructive way about it with a more learned and caressing malice.
    Introduction (21% in)
  • A modern assailant of optimism would arm himself with social pity.
    Introduction (46% in)
  • The dry high spirits of this destroyer of optimism make most optimists look damp and depressed.
    Introduction (79% in)
  • The dry high spirits of this destroyer of optimism make most optimists look damp and depressed.
    Introduction (79% in)
  • His attack on optimism is one of the gayest books in the world.
    Introduction (81% in)
  • I must at last renounce thy optimism.
    Chapter 19 (29% in)
  • "What is this optimism?" said Cacambo.
    Chapter 19 (29% in)

There are no more uses of "optimistic" in Candide.

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