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  • n. A tendency to take a miserable or pessimistic view on life; a consistently miserable outlook, negativity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being miserable; miserablism: specifically, a complainingly pessimistic view of, or attitude towards, life. See the extract.


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


  • The miserabilism is not a conclusion but a premise: What is, is.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • Monty Python – troubadour of British despondency – once mocked such miserabilism in song.

    When all hope is collapsing, it's time for a reality check | Julian Glover

  • It is instead simply the shallow self-sustaining logic of a depressive and defeatist miserabilism.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • Because by 'the rest of us' you mean 'Guardian readers and the rest of this country's socially, intellectually and morally diseased holders of diplomas in advanced miserabilism'.

    Lucy Mangan: What is it with Tories and royalty?

  • "What gives [Aki] Kaurismäki's films their delightful tension is the tug-of-war between this apparent miserabilism and the surges of hope that disrupt the dour surface," writes Ryan Gilbey in the New Statesman.

    GreenCine Daily: Weekend shorts.

  • Another example of wallowing in lower class miserabilism without the tact, beauty and poignancy of this years Samson and Delilah or the horror and ferocity of Rowan Woods' The Boys.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • It was a novelty seeing Jon Hamm on the Letterman show last week, smiling, laughing, and oozing relaxation, all of the traits denied him in his role as TV's foremost manwich of miserabilism, Don Draper.

    By the Blight of the Silvery Moon: Mad Men Postmortem: James Wolcott

  • So I suspect if readers are looking for "happy endings" it may be less about a desire for infantile solace as a dismissal of the sort of bourgeois miserabilism which wrongly equates "serious" and "solemn".


  • It would go great with the purple pants with a slight waxed effect, or the twill-like grayish blue denim that suggests the long-awaited union of German miserabilism and the American Southwest.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Among this year's offerings were the British movie "Shame," Steve McQueen's meticulous slice of miserabilism about a sex addict played by the frequently naked, justifiably self-assured Michael Fassbender, and the English-language French gorefest "The Incident," about workers locked in an asylum for the criminally insane, many with impressive knife skills.

    NYT > Home Page


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  • A philosophy of pessimism, self-indulgent pessimism; gloomy negativity.

    May 12, 2008