miserabilism

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Miserabilismus, French misérabilisme, corresponding to miserable +‎ -ism.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɪzɹəbəlɪz(ə)m/

Noun[edit]

miserabilism (uncountable)

  1. A tendency to take a miserable or pessimistic view on life; a consistently miserable outlook, negativity.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 267:
      Parlementary ideas invariably evinced that most thoroughgoing national miserabilism which had impressed poor Damiens [...].
    • 2009 May 15, Manohla Dargis, “A Less Crowded Cannes, and Perhaps a Silver Lining”, in New York Times[1]:
      A beautiful-looking slice of British miserabilism, “Fish Tank” traces what happens to a 15-year-old (Katie Jarvis) when her mother’s boyfriend moves into the family’s cramped flat, a story that can be summed up by the lyrics, sung by Nas, that portentously bring the accumulated bleak moments to a close: “Life’s a bitch and then you die.”