V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a generally positive and hopeful outlook; 2. a belief in the power of good
Synonyms: hope, confidence, assurance, sanguineness, buoyancy
Antonyms: pessimism, cynicism, hopelessness
Tips: Optimism is related to the word optimum, which refers to the best of a choice of outcomes and originates from the Latin word optimus, "the best." Optimism is generally a positive thing and allows you to have an optimistic (happy, positive) outlook on life. If you are optimistic, you believe that things will turn out well. An optimist is a person who looks on the bright side of things.
John's sense of optimism is infectious, and when you're with him, you always believe that things will turn out well. (confidence, hope)
Even though I didn't have enough time to study for the test, I was optimistic that I would do well. (hopeful, confident) adjective
George was an eternal optimist, always full of hope and confidence that things would go his way. (hopeful and confident person) noun
Her optimism sometimes gave her a sense of false hope, and she was often left disappointed. (assurance, confidence, hope)
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