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(noun) The act of finding the (barely) upside in a terrible situation. Usually used in a oxymoron type of way.
"Did you know that Detroit has twice the murder rate of Iraq?" asked Ben. "Here's the bright side, this means that Iraq, is halfway to democracy. This also means that if you live in Detroit, join the U.S. Army and get deployed to Iraq, your chances for survival just doubled. That's Russian Optimism."
by beeenjammin December 30, 2014
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