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optimism

op·ti·mism

optimism

 
 
pronunciation:
ap t mih zm
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the belief that everything will turn out well, or that there are good aspects of every situation. (Cf. pessimism.)
He was always surprised at her optimism considering all the misfortunes that she had experienced in her life.
synonyms:
sanguineness
antonyms:
despair, pessimism
similar words:
assurance, buoyancy, confidence, expectancy, hope, hopefulness
definition 2: the belief that good is the dominant force in the universe. (Cf. pessimism.)
antonyms:
pessimism
similar words:
idealism
definition 3: the belief that this universe is the best possible one. (Cf. pessimism.)
antonyms:
pessimism
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