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The synonyms of “Pessimistic” are: gloomy, negative, defeatist, downbeat, cynical, bleak, fatalistic, dark, black, despairing, despondent, depressed, dejected, demoralized, hopeless, melancholy, glum, lugubrious, suspicious, distrustful, doubting, alarmist
Pessimistic as an Adjective
Definitions of "Pessimistic" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “pessimistic” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Expecting the worst possible outcome.
- Tending to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen.
Synonyms of "Pessimistic" as an adjective (22 Words)
|alarmist||Creating needless worry or panic.|
|black||Of the face made black especially as with suffused blood.|
|bleak||(of the weather) cold and miserable.|
A bleak midwinter s day.
|cynical||Believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.|
A cynical manipulation of public opinion.
|dark||Of a person having dark skin hair or eyes.|
|defeatist||Demonstrating expectation or acceptance of failure.|
We have a duty not to be so defeatist.
|dejected||Sad and depressed; dispirited.|
Is dejected but trying to look cheerful.
|demoralized||Having lost confidence or hope; disheartened.|
A weak and demoralized president.
|depressed||(of a person) suffering from clinical depression.|
She felt lonely and depressed.
|despairing||Arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope.|
He gave a despairing little shrug.
|despondent||Without or almost without hope.|
Despondent about his failure.
|distrustful||Feeling or showing distrust of someone or something.|
My experience in other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally.
|doubting||Marked by or given to doubt.|
People look at it through doubting eyes.
|downbeat||Relaxed and understated.|
The assessment of the UK s economic prospects is downbeat.
|fatalistic||Relating to or characteristic of the belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.|
He gives a fatalistic shrug at the bleak future.
|gloomy||Filled with melancholy and despondency.|
A gloomy corridor badly lit by oil lamps.
|glum||Showing a brooding ill humor.|
A glum hopeless shrug.
|hopeless||Certain to fail.|
In an agony of hopeless grief.
|lugubrious||Looking or sounding sad and dismal.|
His face looked even more lugubrious than usual.
|melancholy||Having a feeling of melancholy sad and pensive.|
She felt a little melancholy.
|negative||Having a negative charge.|
|suspicious||Having the belief or impression that someone is involved in an illegal or dishonest activity.|
She gave him a suspicious look.
Usage Examples of "Pessimistic" as an adjective
- He was pessimistic about the prospects.
Associations of "Pessimistic" (30 Words)
|abstinent||Self-restraining; not indulging an appetite especially for food or drink.|
The patients are best advised to be totally abstinent from alcohol.
|alcoholic||Addicted to alcohol- Carl Van Doren.|
Alcoholic liver disease.
|ban||100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova.|
Parking is banned around the harbour in summer.
|banned||Forbidden by law.|
|bleak||Providing no shelter or sustenance.|
A bleak and barren moor.
|contraband||Goods that have been imported or exported illegally.|
The salt trade and contraband in it were very active in the town.
|defiance||Intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude.|
An act of defiance.
|dejected||Affected or marked by low spirits.|
He stood in the street looking dejected.
|depressed||Filled with melancholy and despondency.|
A depressed fracture of the skull.
|despondent||In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.|
She grew more and more despondent.
|disallow||Refuse to declare valid.|
He was offside and the goal was disallowed.
A disconsolate winter landscape.
|discouraged||Lacking in resolution.|
He must be feeling pretty discouraged.
|forbid||Refuse entry to a place or area.|
I can see why phones were forbidden.
|forbidden||Denoting or involving a transition between two quantum-mechanical states that does not conform to some selection rule, especially for electric dipole radiation.|
A list of forbidden books.
|gloomy||Dark or poorly lit, especially so as to appear depressing or frightening.|
A dark gloomy day.
|hopeless||(informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform.|
Jess looked at him in mute hopeless appeal.
|illegalize||Declare illegal; outlaw.|
|interdict||Intercept and prevent the movement of (a prohibited commodity or person.|
A papal interdict.
|interdiction||The action of intercepting and preventing the movement of a prohibited commodity or person.|
Drug interdiction operations.
|prohibit||Formally forbid someone from doing something.|
He is prohibited from becoming a director.
|prohibition||Refusal to approve or assent to.|
They argue that prohibition of drugs will always fail.
|prohibitionist||A reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages.|
|prohibitory||Tending to discourage (especially of prices.|
|proscribe||Forbid, especially by law.|
Strikes remained proscribed in the armed forces.
|proscription||A decree that prohibits something.|
The proscription of the party after the 1715 Rebellion.
|taboo||Place under a taboo.|
Traditional societies taboo female handling of food during this period.
|unauthorized||Without official authorization.|
An unauthorized strike.
|veto||A rejection by right of veto.|
Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store.