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[mass noun] Gloomy pessimism or negativity:‘the duo spent much of the eighties exploring the lonely outer reaches of miserabilism’
- ‘They exposed my miserabilism for the false consciousness it was.’
- ‘England's World Cup song should embrace the national pastimes of miserabilism and self-deprecation.’
- ‘Salinger's mother was a member of the Scottish diaspora: perhaps Holden Caulfield's existentialist gloom owes more to Scottish miserabilism than to adolescent angst.’
- ‘Rather than being just a study in Scottish miserabilism Burnside's new book is a chilling display case of grotesques, shot through with a bleak and mordant humour.’
- ‘But perhaps Gwyneth was able to clinch the deal by demonstrating that she had some familiarity with existential miserabilism.’
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