One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is optimistic regardless of the circumstances.
- ‘Brad Setser and Nouriel Roubini portray us as modern-day Panglosses for expecting an orderly adjustment of global economic imbalances and sustained U.S. hegemony.’
- ‘One needn't be a Pangloss to dismiss the notion that the world can ever get ‘better.’’
- ‘This is all part of a Pangloss view.’
- ‘The President is ineligible for a Panglossotherwise he'd win it every time.’
- ‘By the novel's end Pawkie, like a Scottish Pangloss, is announcing that reform is in the air and that the world is becoming better and better.’
Late 18th century: from the name of the tutor and philosopher in Voltaire's Candide (1759).
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