Definition of “pessimism” - English Dictionary

“pessimism” in British English

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pessimismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpes.ɪ.mɪ.zəm/ us /ˈpes.ə.mɪ.zəm/
pessimist
noun [ C ] uk /ˈpes.ɪ.mɪst/ us /ˈpes.ə.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 bad side 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 /ˈpesɪmɪzəm/ us

the feeling that bad things are more likely to happen than good things:

pessimism about/over sth Pessimism about the economy dragged share prices below predictions.
growing/increasing/widespread pessimism
a mood/sense of pessimism US stock markets plunged 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)