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Synonyms for pessimist



Synonyms for pessimist

a prophet of misfortune or disaster

Antonyms for pessimist

a person who expects the worst

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Permanence: A pessimist sees a failure as permanent -- nothing he does will change the fact that he will fail, and it takes him much longer to bounce back from failure, or never recover.
Yet I am a pessimist so extreme that I have never yet boarded an aeroplane without a deep conviction that it is much more likely to crash in flames than to reach its destination.
True pessimists believe their behavior doesn't matter, so they don't take positive steps to change.
He sent the pessimist into a room full of toys and the optimist into a room with a pile of horse manure in it.
The pessimist criticises circumstances; the optimist changes conditions.
But we have yet to come across any pessimist in our research, says Therese Sorensen, head of product development at Confex.
The pessimist watched carefully, saw everything, but did not say a single word.
Oh God, he's seen me and his pace is quickening," mutters the pessimist through teeth stained by curses.
Nietzsche, though Dienstag considers him an existential pessimist, gets a separate chapter of his own because his particular brand of 'Dionysian pessimism' is 'maximally valuable and persuasive' (162) in emphasizing that pessimism need not lead to resignation, but instead can inspire 'spirited activity' (166) and a defiant embrace of life--a position that Cervantes' Don Quixote models for us, as Dienstag argues in Chapter 6.
Her self-description was not entirely flattering: "a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist always, a Black, a quiet egoist, a former Baptist, and an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.
Some researchers are saying that the effect of being a pessimist, in terms of longevity, is like smoking cigarettes.
If anything, all of this makes me more of a cautious pessimist than cautious optimist.
And while Paul was a determined pessimist, Saul was an eternal optimist.
Keep all open mind and avoid appearing too conservative or you may be seen as a pessimist.
Wilbur (Sives) is a pessimist disillusioned with life and determined to end it all, with no success, thanks mainly to the last-minute interventions of his long suffering brother Harbour (Adrian Rawlins).