One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who tends to be hopeful and confident about the future or the success of something.‘only an eternal optimist could expect success’
- ‘The outlook exceeds what most optimists thought possible just a few years ago.’
- ‘Optimists hope the Sept. 22 elections will bring change.’
- ‘They are the starry-eyed optimists who cannot wait for adulthood to take the world for all it has to offer.’
- ‘Even the most ardent Internet optimists would likely concede that basic reading skills have to precede computer literacy.’
- ‘An incurable optimist, I have every faith that technology will rid itself of its maladies and go on to create a better world.’
- ‘Optimists say these initiatives could show the way for federal programs.’
- ‘Optimists argue that the U.S. will keep its innovation lead because it has invented new products before.’
- ‘Optimists claim we are on the right track, but still cancer refuses to yield.’
- ‘Her cousin must be either naive, or a hopeless optimist.’
- ‘Stock market optimists point to signs of resilience in the wider US economy, citing stronger than expected consumer confidence figures.’
A person who believes that this world is the best of all possible worlds or that good must ultimately prevail over evil.
- ‘Noguchi was a man of dualities: West and East, coarse and refined, optimist and realist.’
- ‘Thoreau thought he was an exceptional man, a philosopher of great faith, and an optimist.’
- ‘He identifies himself as a staunch optimist and an embodiment of positive thinking.’
- ‘Pessimists and optimists differ in how they explain the causes of both good and bad events.’
- ‘I thought I was an optimist, but I'm just a utopian.’
- ‘Hansberry was both a realist and an optimist, viewing the world with what she described as "sighted eyes and feeling heart".’
- ‘Such a hands-off view, coupled with the posit of ontologically distinctive quantifiers, is endorsed by various optimists, including McDaniel.’
- ‘Again, the philosophers have been charged as utopians and shallow optimists.’
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