pessimism Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"pessimism" in British English

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pessimismnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈpes.ɪ.mɪ.zəm/
emphasizing or ​thinking of the ​badpart of a ​situationrather than the good ​part, or the ​feeling that ​bad things are more ​likely to ​happen than good things: There is now a ​mood of ​deepening pessimism about/over the ​economy. An ​underlying pessimism ​infuses all her ​novels.
Opposite
pessimist
noun [C] uk   us   /-mɪst/
Don't be such a pessimist!
(Definition of pessimism from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pessimism" in American English

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pessimismnoun [U]

 us   /ˈpes·əˌmɪz·əm/
the ​tendency to ​see the ​badside of things or to ​expect the ​worst in any ​situation: There has been a ​mood of ​growing pessimism about the nation’s ​economy.
pessimist
noun [C]  us   /ˈpes·ə·mɪst/
How come you’re such a pessimist?
(Definition of pessimism from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pessimism" in Business English

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pessimismnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈpesɪmɪzəm/
the ​feeling that ​bad things are more likely to ​happen than good things: pessimism about/over sth Pessimism about the ​economydraggedshareprices below ​predictions. business/​market/​investor pessimism growing/​increasing/widespread pessimisma mood/sense of pessimism US ​stockmarketsplunged yesterday amidst a ​growing mood of pessimism on Wall Street.
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(Definition of pessimism from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pessimism”
in Spanish pesimismo…
in Vietnamese tính bi quan…
in Malaysian sikap pesimis…
in Thai การมองโลกในแง่ร้าย…
in French pessimisme…
in German der Pessimismus…
in Chinese (Simplified) 悲观情绪, 悲观主义…
in Turkish kötümserlik, karamsarlık…
in Russian пессимизм…
in Indonesian pesimisme…
in Chinese (Traditional) 悲觀情緒, 悲觀主義…
in Polish pesymizm…
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