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optimism (noun) – 1. A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation.
2. (Philosophy) a) The doctrine, asserted by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.
b.)The belief that the universe is improving and that good will ultimately triumph over evil.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1759 (in translations of Voltaire), from French optimisme (1737), from Modern Latin optimum, used by Gottfried Leibniz (in “Théodicée,” 1710) to mean “the greatest good,” from Latin optimus “the best”. The doctrine holds that the actual world is the “best of all possible worlds,” in which the creator accomplishes the most good at the cost of the least evil.

Launched out of philosophical jargon and into currency by Voltaire’s satire on it in “Candide.” General sense of “belief that good ultimately will prevail in the world” first attested 1841 in Emerson; meaning “tendency to take a hopeful view of things” first recorded 1819 in Shelley.


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