Definition of Optimism

1. Noun. The optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well.

Generic synonyms: Hope
Specialized synonyms: Sanguineness, Sanguinity
Derivative terms: Optimist, Optimistic, Optimistic
Antonyms: Pessimism



2. Noun. A general disposition to expect the best in all things.
Generic synonyms: Disposition, Temperament
Derivative terms: Optimist, Optimistic, Optimistic
Antonyms: Pessimism

Definition of Optimism

1. n. The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature, being the work of God, is ordered for the best, or that the ordering of things in the universe is such as to produce the highest good.

Definition of Optimism

1. Noun. a tendency to expect the best, or at least, a favourable outcome ¹

2. Noun. the doctrine that this world is the best of all possible worlds ¹

3. Noun. the belief that good will eventually triumph over evil ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Optimism

1. a disposition to look or the favorable side of things [n -S]

Medical Definition of Optimism

1. 1. The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature, being the work of God, is ordered for the best, or that the ordering of things in the universe is such as to produce the highest good. 2. A disposition to take the most hopeful view; opposed to pessimism. Origin: L. Optimus the best; akin to optio choice: cf. F. Optimisme. See Option. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Optimism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The term optimism as thus extended would also include "meliorism", ... AB an emotional disposition optimism is the tendency to look upon the bright and ..."

2. The Christian Science Journal by Mary Baker Eddy (1910)
"And yet these reformers need to be reminded that optimism cannot be founded upon the ... No amount of prying and prodding into matter can lay bare optimism. ..."

3. Philosophy and Civilization in the Middle Ages by Maurice Wulf (1922)
"CHAPTER SIX optimism AND IMPERSONALITY i. optimism in philosophy, in art, in religion, ii. Impersonality, iii. History of philosophy and literary ..."

4. Representative Essays in Modern Thought: A Basis for Composition by Harrison Ross Steeves (1913)
"The Scientific Bases of optimism was published originally hi the Fortnightly Review for 1889, and was reprinted in 1895 in the author's Studies oj ..."

5. Ultimate Conceptions of Faith by George Angier Gordon (1903)
"Hypothetical optimism may be the view taken of the historical situation. ... 1 The human being is born equidistant from optimism and pessimism. ..."

6. The Popular Science Monthly (1889)
"MALLOCK ON optimism. Br WD LE SUKUE. AS, in olden time, a certain Lars Porsena, of Clusium, swore by the great gods that his friends the Tarquins, ..."

7. Theism by Borden Parker Bowne (1902)
"This brings us to the question of optimism and pessimism, ... optimism AND PESSIMISM There are two types of both optimism and pessimism. ..."

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