Pessimism vs Realism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between pessimism and realism

is that pessimism is a general belief that bad things will happen while realism is a concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary.

pessimism

Noun

(en-noun)
  • A general belief that bad things will happen.
  • The doctrine that this world is the worst of all possible worlds.
  • Antonyms

    * optimism

    realism

    Noun

  • A concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary
  • An artistic representation of reality as it is
  • (sciences) The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation
  • (philosophy) A doctrine that universals are real—they exist and are distinct from the particulars that instantiate them
  • Antonyms

    * (doctrine concerning universals) nominalism

    See also

    * idealism