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Pollyanna +‎ -ish


Pollyannaish (comparative more Pollyannaish, superlative most Pollyannaish)

  1. (derogatory) Unreasonably optimistic.
    • 2000 June, Nicholas Rescher, “Optimalism and Axiological Metaphysics”, in The Review of Metaphysics, LIII, № 4, § iii, page 819:
      Accordingly the objection “Is not optimalism simply too Pollyanna-ish to be plausible?” can be met effectively.
    • 2012 December 25, Victor Mair, “Chinese character of the year: mèng 梦 (‘dream’)”, in Language Log:
      Even long before this choice of character of the year was made, critics were complaining about the [Chinese] government’s Pollyannaish touting of mèng , saying that the dreams of most people were in vain.
    • 2017 April 18, Philip Oltermann, “Jürgen Schmidhuber on the robot future​: ‘They will pay as much attention to us as we do to ants'”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      If that sounds a little bit Pollyannaish, it’s because Schmidhuber’s own experience [] must have taught him that competition can create losers as well as winners.
    • 2018 June 30, Will Self, “New Dark Age by James Bridle review – technology and the end of the future”, in The Guardian[2]:
      On this basis, Bridle argues, it’s possible to conceive of a new kind of “guardianship” of our frazzled planet and its poisoned wells, one in which we all work together. This seems Pollyanna-ish as much as Panglossian to me []