miserabilist

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Etymology[edit]

Variant of miserable +‎ -ist, with interconsonant -i- added due to difficulty or lack of flow in pronouncing misrablist.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪzəɹəbəlɪst/

Noun[edit]

miserabilist (plural miserabilists)

  1. One who is unhappy, or extols being miserable as a virtue; a philosopher of pessimism.
    • 1991, Anthony Powell, Under review: further writings on writers, 1946-1989, page 242
      Gissing is never more of a miserabilist than when trying to be light-hearted.
    • 2006, Iain Sinclair, London: city of disappearances, page 314
      An old, failed actor who lived on his own, he never had friends dropping by, because he was a bedridden inconsiderate miserabilist.
    • 2009 February 7, Lucy Mangan, “Lucy Mangan: This week”, The Guardian:
      The former Smiths singer, professional miserabilist, vegetarian and gladioli-distributor has posed nude for the inner sleeve artwork for his new single, Heaven Knows I'm Naked Now.

Usage notes[edit]

Also appears as variant miserablist (without interconsonantal -i-), but this latter is less common; likewise miserabilism (with -i-) is more common than miserablism (without -i-).

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