Adjective "pessimistic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Tending to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen.
  1. 'Contrary to what it might seem this is not a fatalistic or a pessimistic approach, but a realistic one.'
  2. 'His films have become increasingly gloomy and pessimistic, even morbidly so.'
  3. 'As she wanders, her thoughts become more and more pessimistic and she begins to reflect on life and grows depressed.'
  4. 'Industry analysts are pessimistic about Ansett's prospects of raising the required capital.'
  5. 'Civil War combat had hardened him to a pessimistic expectation of repeated failure.'
  6. 'The pessimistic and even the dark side of society should also be explored, or at least part of it.'
  7. 'This year, the most pessimistic forecasters expect another 180,000 jobs to go.'
  8. 'Challenge the reality of your pessimistic or negative thought.'
  9. 'Pessimistic people are more likely to ignore a lucky situation when it presents itself.'
  10. 'A spokesman for the 13 workers involved in the dispute said they felt pessimistic about the prospect of a settlement.'


1. pertaining to or characterized by pessimism or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful: His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be pessimistic about things."

"people can be pessimistic about futures."

"people can be pessimistic about chances."

"people can be pessimistic about markets."

"places can be pessimistic of players."

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