pessimist pes‧si‧mist [ˈpesmɪst] noun [countable]
someone who always expects that things will get worse or that bad things will happen in the future:

• Pessimists are predicting a downturn in the economy.

— opposite optimist
— pessimistic adjective
— pessimism noun [uncountable]

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pessimist UK US /ˈpesɪmɪst/ noun [C]
someone who feels that bad things are more likely to happen than good things: »

In the coming months pessimists will say that stocks are not a good buy.

Compare OPTIMIST(Cf. ↑optimist)
pessimistic adjective

A pessimistic quarterly inflation report from the Bank of England was blamed for the fall of the share figures.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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