1. A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view
2. The doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend toward evil.
3. The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.
"We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach" (Margo Jones). pacifist