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1    the tendency to expect the worst and see the worst in all things  
2    the doctrine of the ultimate triumph of evil over good  
3    the doctrine that this world is corrupt and that man's sojourn in it is a preparation for some other existence  
     (C18: from Latin pessimus worst, from malus bad)  
  pessimist      n  
  pessimistic     (less commonly)  
  pessimistical      adj  
  pessimistically      adv  
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cynicism, dejection, depression, despair, despondency, distrust, gloom, gloominess, gloomy outlook, glumness, hopelessness, melancholy, the hump     (Brit. informal)  

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1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
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