Definitions for optimismˈɒp təˌmɪz əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
op•ti•mismˈɒp təˌmɪz əm(n.)
a tendency to look on the more favorable side or to expect the most favorable outcome of events or conditions.
the belief that good will ultimately triumph over evil and that virtue will be rewarded.
the doctrine that the existing world is the best of all possible worlds.
Origin of optimism:
1730–40; < F optimisme < L optim(um) (see optimum ) + F -isme -ism
the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well
a general disposition to expect the best in all things
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
optimism(noun)ˈɒp təˌmɪz əm
There is optimism now about the country's future.
a tendency to expect the best, or at least, a favourable outcome
I love her youth, her beauty and above all her optimism that everything will turn out fine.
the doctrine that this world is the best of all possible worlds
the belief that good will eventually triumph over evil
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the doctrine or belief that in the system of things all that happens, the undesirable no less than the desirable, is for the best.
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The instinct to lie. 2. Fatty degeneration of intelligence. 3. A philosophical system that attempts to demonstrate the existence of a pre-established Stupidity. 4. To believe that disease, dirt, earthquakes, fires, wars, politicians, blindness, and burial alive, celebrate and enhance the Glory of God. 5. To whistle while passing a cemetery in the night; to sing a hymn while having a tooth pulled; to smile while being robbed. 6. A tipple invented by Leigh Mitchell Hodges, the basis of which is clams and prune juice. 7. A kind of heart stimulant--the digitalis of failure.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
What a programmer is full of after fixing the last bug and before discovering the next last bug. Fred Brooks's book The Mythical Man-Month (See Brooks's Law) contains the following paragraph that describes this extremely well: All programmers are optimists. Perhaps this modern sorcery especially attracts those who believe in happy endings and fairy godmothers. Perhaps the hundreds of nitty frustrations drive away all but those who habitually focus on the end goal. Perhaps it is merely that computers are young, programmers are younger, and the young are always optimists. But however the selection process works, the result is indisputable: “This time it will surely run,” or “I just found the last bug.”. See also Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A cheerful frame of mind that enables a tea-kettle to sing though in hot water up to its nose.
Translations for optimism
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a state of mind in which one always hopes or expects that something good will happen
Even when it was obvious to the others that he was not going to succeed he was full of optimism.
- otimismoPortuguese (BR)
- der OptimismusGerman
- خوش بینیFarsi
- sikap optimisMalay
- خوش بینیPersian
- 樂觀主義Chinese (Trad.)
- رجائيت، اميد پرستيUrdu
- chủ nghĩa lạc quanVietnamese
- 乐观主义Chinese (Simp.)
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