pessimism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pessimism a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
    • n pessimism the feeling that things will turn out badly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pessimism A disposition to take the least hopeful view of things.
    • Pessimism (Metaph) The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature is ordered for or tends to the worst, or that the world is wholly evil; -- opposed to optimism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pessimism In metaphysics:
    • n pessimism The doctrine that this world is the worst possible.
    • n pessimism The doctrine that the development of the universe has such a law that it must ultimately reach, or at least tend toward, the same nonexistence from which it sprang. This doctrine has been associated (and probably is logically associated) with the feeling that existence is in itself an evil, and is due to a radically evil principle of separation and of strife —the will. It is also in harmony with psychological monism. Compare optimism.
    • n pessimism The tendency to exaggerate in thought the evils of life, or to look only upon its dark side; a melancholy or depressing spirit or view of life.
    • n pessimism The worst possible condition; the point of greatest deterioration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pessimism pes′i-mizm the doctrine that on the whole the world is bad rather than good: a temper of mind that looks too much on the dark side of things: a depressing view of life
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Quotations

  • Golda Meir
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    “Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.”
  • Heywood Broun
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    “The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.”
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.”
  • Clint Eastwood
    Clint Eastwood
    “I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “Pessimism never won any battle.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
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    “We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pessimus, worst, superl. of pejor, worse: cf. F. pessimisme,. Cf. Impair
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pessimus, worst.

Usage

In literature:

Long years of toil in a hard, unjust world had borne the fruit of pessimism.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Dr. Luttrell's fit of pessimism did not last long.
"Doctor Luttrell's First Patient" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
There is no truth for man but in thoughts that are human, and pessimism is inhuman.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
Before his father had withered his ambitions by his pessimism, a score of ideas had danced through his brain.
"Ted and the Telephone" by Sara Ware Bassett
Again, the alternatives are two, Christianity or Pessimism.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Certainly it was not a morning wherein pessimism might hope to flourish.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Fyne went so far in his display of cynical pessimism as to say that it was extremely probable.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Or was that just his imagination, brought on by Jacovik's pessimism?
"The Destroyers" by Gordon Randall Garrett
A distinct note of pessimism is found in the lines of both these poems.
"Life Immovable" by Kostes Palamas
Whatever the validity of this pessimism, the work itself was impressive.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Greek pessimism.+ It is true that this light-hearted, gay, and artistic temper was boyish.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
It is the doctrine of pessimism, despair and wild unfaith in man.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
It is not a question of pessimism.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
The Iranian optimism has been replaced here by a strong pessimism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
We recognise here the particular and special form of Flaubert's pessimism.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Gloom, depression, and pessimism, of which we have had more than enough of late years, never yet helped any one.
"To Mars via The Moon" by Mark Wicks
His pessimism resented it.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
They fled again before the pessimism so long his habit.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Schopenhauer classified all religions as optimisms or pessimisms.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Slowly his bitterness resolved itself to an unutterable pessimism; the acuteness of the stimulant was wearing off.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Now considerations of the void coming after
Not changed by the "strict gesture" of your death
Split the straight line of pessimism
Into two infinities.
"Horatian Epode To The Duchess Of Malfi" by Allen Tate

In news:

Rising pessimism about the future is taking a toll on businesses and consumers, many economists say.
The Positives of Pessimism .
Evangelical Pessimism This Emotional Life.
Pessimism or Columbus Day quiet.
Pessimism can give us the push that we need to try our best.
Polarization, pessimism on the rise.
Pessimism is the last taboo.
Pessimism Is a Productivity Booster.
Pessimism in most economic indicators.
Operator pessimism concerning sales growth and the economy deflated the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index in October, driving it to its lowest level in more than a year.
Another reason behind her pessimism .
It is in large part the fear that existing resources cannot match human needs that drives the thick cloud of pessimism that prevails today in the world.
It's not entirely clear if the " pessimistic " dogs experience pessimism as humans do, Mendl said.
Schulz 's wistful pessimism kept 'Peanuts' going strong for decades.
In later years Mr Simpson 's poems displayed less pessimism and more of an acceptance of the world as it is.
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In science:

Cutting-set methods for robust convex optimization with pessimizing oracles.
Discovering Support and Affiliated Features from Very High Dimensions
For a long time now, I think, there has been an undercurrent of pessimism at least in some parts of the relativity community: One does what one can but secretly (or, sometimes, openly!) believes that the task is way beyond us.
Overview and Outlook
The reader has understood from (i)-(iii) that a wind of pessimism sometimes accompanies the quantum group invasion.
Introduction to Quantum Algebras
In talking to many people in the experimental community, I sense a pessimism, not about whether there is a next scale of physics, but about what we will find there.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
Instabilities or inaccuracies introduced at boundaries have emerged as a major problem common to all ADM code development and have led to pessimism that such codes might be inherently unstable because of the lack of manifest hyperbolicity in the underlying equations.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
It is mostly as a result of this type of considerations that traditional quantum-gravity reviews considered the possibility of experimental studies with unmitigated pessimism 26 .
Quantum-Gravity Phenomenology: Status and Prospects
Nevertheless, it is the main position of this author that such reservations and phobias have to be put aside in the dawn of the new millennium, for in the end they only present inertia to, and create an attitude of pessimism (invariably resulting to indolence) in the development of theoretical physics.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Spengler, Pessimism?, in Selected Essays (Henry Regnery Company, Chicago, 1967).
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Even if a very similar mechanism (the request bound function) works very well with dynamic priorities allowing one to provide necessary and sufficient feasibility tests, it introduces some pessimism with fixed priorities, leading to a sufficient schedulability test.
Sufficient FTP Schedulability Test for the Non-Cyclic Generalized Multiframe Task Model
As we stated before, this technique introduces some pessimism.
Sufficient FTP Schedulability Test for the Non-Cyclic Generalized Multiframe Task Model
As a future work, we would like to quantify this pessimism, i.e., study how much exactness we loose by considering MR B F instead of all the R B F ’s separately.
Sufficient FTP Schedulability Test for the Non-Cyclic Generalized Multiframe Task Model
This might allow strongly improving the complexity of computing MR B F i (t). • As already stated, our method introduces some pessimism that we would like to quantify, and hopefully bound.
Sufficient FTP Schedulability Test for the Non-Cyclic Generalized Multiframe Task Model
Possibly Lamb’s pessimism about turbulence had been short-sighted.
Hydrodynamic Turbulence: a 19th Century Problem with a challenge for the 21st Century
It is easy to see that there is reason for pessimism, but the evidence It is difficult to know how many Θ+ events is not entirely convincing. should have been seen in the high-energy experiments with null results.
Workshop Summary: Experiment
Establishing the sharpness of utilization thresholds provides a better understanding of scheduling policies and removes most of the pessimism that is associated with traditional utilization bounds because of the implication that task sets with utilization greater than U ∗ are unlikely to be schedulable.
Sharp utilization thresholds for some real-time scheduling problems
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